Dr. Richard Roberts

Pediatrics
Corpus Christi, TX
48 years experience male

Locations

Medical Genetics and Prenatal Diagnostic Services

Corpus Christi, TX

Address

6610 Belvoir Ave,, TX 78414, Corpus Christi, TX
Directions

Insurances accepted

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Aetna

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Specialties
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Pediatrics

Clinical Genetics

Licenses

United States: Texas

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

594 Answers
552 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Possibly: CFS no longer exists, because it trivialized the condition. This January after recommendation by the US Institute of Medicine, it is now Systemic Exe... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Using prostate helps: if you're not having many ejaculations, increasing the frequency may lower the PSA. If it is suddenly higher, one cause could be prostatitis, which ca... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
"blood thinning": This is an unfortunate description in medicine which can be misleading. People at risk of clots forming in their blood stream need anti-coagulants to... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
DNA vs. sweat tests: For sweat tests, do not trust a laboratory which is not accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. "Sweat tests should be done at a Cystic Fibrosis... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Unfortunately, no.: some cases of cystic fibrosis are much more serious than others – some affect the liver as well as lungs. The Cystic Fibrosis Association warns that t... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes and no: Usually sporadic. it rarely is an autosomal dominant condition--a 1 in 2 chance of inheriting the gene responsible. Fortunately, a surgical procedure ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Some can, some can't: A host of malformations are the result of genetic effects, sometimes single-gene abnormalities, sometimes multifactorial, the result of interaction of... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Addictive behaviors: Some people become addicted to certain behaviors, driven by a compulsion to repeat them. Coca Cola and other soft drinks, sex, pornography, thrill se... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
It can be.: If there are two first degree relatives in a family who develop pancreatic cancer, by definition they have familial pancreatic syndrome, which is an a... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Weight loss program: there are 2 essentials in any weight loss program for people who are overweight. 1) because you are overweight, we know that you must raise your metab... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Trauma to the nose: I would recommend a whole facial mask to protect against trauma and a scarf for the neck.
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A female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Did you have cough?: If you had cough and congestion as well as developing laryngitis, most cases are caused by a virus, and many Colleges are advocating not giving antibi... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Why don't you know?: After someone has had a diagnosis of hemochromatosis, the guide to therapy is to have phlebotomies until the serum ferritin falls to 50 or below. How... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: to be a concert pianist, being able to hit a twelfth with no difficulty is big. They are also important for olympic swimmers. They reach farther wit... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Needs a strep test: The chief danger from a strep throat untreated for 10 days is the risk of post streptococcal glomerulonephritis and rheumatic fever--the latter can ca... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Mito usually missed: Suspect mitochondrial disease with involvement of multiple organ systems--immune system dysfunction (both autoimmune and susceptibility to infection),... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Notsure what you ask: epicanthal folds are folds in the inner corner of the eye secondary to a flat mid face or a smaller than usual nasal bone. By squeezing the bridge of... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No genetic counselng: Were these diagnosed before or after delivery? Since you apparently weren't informed about their significance, you should have been referred to a cli... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Hyoscyamine sl: I have several patients with severe motion sickness, and all responded well to sublingual hyoscyamine, 0.125 mg tabs. It works even after symptoms st... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Unknown: I don't think anyone knows, but it is very characteristic of the syndrome.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Very skilled US: 1st trimester: nuchal translucency wider than normal. Non-Visualization of the nasal bone is sufficient to warrant diagnostic testing. 2nd trimeste... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No: some babies are clearly born with different personalities from their sibs, but there is no identifiable genetic linkage. It probably is all environme... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Beta-blockers best: "The pianist Vladimir Horowitz found it so disabling that he didn't perform for 12 years". If stage fright--performance anxiety--is severe, cognitive... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Probably: We can identify many mutations which cause cancer or which predispose to cancer, such as BRCA 1 and 2, and provide invaluable susceptibility testing w... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Fetal DNA for Down: Harmony by Ariosa Diagnostics 99.9%accurate from 10 wk 0d, trisomy 21, 13, 18, results in 7-10 d. If no ins:$25 to $150 "For expectant parents with a ... Read More
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A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Cause of pain: need further details: any rash anywhere? is pain associated with itching? is the pain on the skin surface, or deep, or a combination? Anal itching?... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Propensityis genetic: In many medical conditions, we know that it is possible to inherit an increased risk of developing the condition. Migraine is one such condition. Yo... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Unnecessary if: If you are on and antibiotic effective for streptococcal disease.
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
AR, MPS IV: Both parents are carriers of the defective mutation, an autosomal recessive gene. Each child of carriers will have 1 chance in 4 of inheriting the di... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No asian genetics: the difference between ethnic groups is primarily different frequencies of the same genetic variants. It is quite rare to find a single genetic varia... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes.: Why are you concerned about the hernia history? You are apparently age 45. You may need in vitro fertilization; please see a reproductive endocrinol... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Most likely if all: over the scalp: seborrheic dermatitis. Try an anti-dandruff shampoo, pharmacy generic brand. If you get immediate relief progressing to normal, tha... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
18q- means a piece : of The long arm of the 18th chromosome is missing. There are hundreds of different genes located on the long arm, so there are potentially hundreds of... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: Severe vitamin D deficiency causes rickets in children, and osteomalacia in the elderly. Vitamin D is a sterol synthecised from cholesterol, like oth... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Highly accurate : About one chance in the thousand it is wrong and needs repeating. The good news is that there are no chromosomal anomalies.this is an extraordinary so... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Need pcp evaluation: Possible Flu. Fever, muscle aches, cough, sore throat, nausea. The anti-flu medication Tamiflu (oseltamivir) must be taken within the first 48 hours o... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
In a balanced trams-: location, a piece of a chromosome has been exchanged with that of a different one.There are still two complete sets of genes one from mom and one fro... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Many : OMIM lists 372 genetic loci causing polydactyly. Many are parts of other multiple malformation syndromes and quite a few just affect the fingers or to... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes and no: ASD without association with known disorders such as Down syndrome, Fragile X, and many others, certainly has an important genetic component, but thes... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Acquired and genetic: Your ethnicity wouldn't include Yakutsk people of Siberia? methemoglobin, like hemoglobin, acquires oxygen, but whereas hemoglobin will let go of it ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Internet article: Menke's is a rare (1:100,000 male children) X-linked recessive disorder of Copper metabolisms. !/3 of cases are caused by new mutations on the X-Chro... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Intimate: "Survival of the fittest" means only 1 thing: you leave more progeny than peers. That is the only way to enable your genes to survive. In West Afric... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
A peculiar question: we are talking about a bone dysplasia which requires craniofacial surgery. There is no cure but effective therapy from a skilled craniofacial team can... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Likely Zoster, but..: If on the soles, may be hand, foot and mouth disease, caused by adenoviruses, affecting palms and buccal mucosa.You may be checked for varicella-speci... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
No, risk of both: If you or dad have a blood relative with Down, your risk at delivery is 1%. if none, at 37 the risk at term is 1/226, and before 14 weeks 1/52 (many ... Read More
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Ignore: Because of increased risk, they should have a blood test for thyroid function every year.
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
EPA and DHA: These are essential fatty acids, and unless she eats at least one serving of seafood (not freshwater fish like tilapia) i recommend a supplement. 'The... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
You don't need anti-: depressants to treat depression. Mainstream psychiatry recognizes that psychotherapy and self-help programs are just as effective as medication after... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Are you doing home-: work? Anyone with a craniosynostosis syndrome will have received expert Genetics consultation as well as neurosurgical consulation and craniofacial s... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Roberts
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Yes: Tyrosine is an essential amino acid medically important for people with phenylketonuria, as they are missing the enzyme which converts phenylalanine ... Read More
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Jun 7, 2015
I enjoy Dr. Roberts' succinct, common-sense answers and the way he meets patients where they are. Collaborates well with colleagues, and teaches us all something! An asset to HealthTap!!
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Roberts is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Dec 2, 2015
I am grateful for this doctor this Thanksgiving!
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This made me feel good. Thanks! have methyl folate ordered Amazon Cdn supplier have NAC on hold due to $ issues THANKS i DO feel more energy with the 4 i have! awesome TTY tomorrow in consult glad you...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! My myalgia/joint pain has decreased, and I can only attribute this to supplementation. I also seem to have some facial flushing (rosacea?) which I have read can be help...Read More
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Dr. Roberts: Found your reply quite informative. BTW I am diagnosed by a clinical geneticist with Waardenburg syndrome two. You can find more with my personal blog htt...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1975MD

Residency

Richard Roberts

Awards

NIH Fellowship 1979-1980
First Prize, Ceramics, University of Chicago Dept. of Art Graduate Student competition
Harbor Collegium, Scientific Research Honorary Society, Harbor General Hospital1976

Affiliations

Adult Genetics SIG
Sigma Xi
American Medical Association
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