Club foot is a physical deformity that develops in-utero. About one
in 1,000 births are affected by the birth defect. Male children are
slightly more prone to the condition than female children.
The current trusted method of testing for chromosomal anomalies in the
fetus involves an invasive procedure where amniotic fluid is drawn from
the amniotic sac and tested. The procedure is expensive and posts risk
of infection and fetal harm.
January is National Birth Defects Prevention Month, a time to focus on raising awareness about the frequency with which birth defects occur in the United States
A study showed that couples with high levels of PCBs have been found to take longer to get pregnant.
Birth defects are health conditions that are present at birth. Birth defects change the shape or function of one or more parts of the body.
Paroxetine (Paxil) during pregnancy, breastfeeding and trying to conceive (TTC). Is it safe?
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According to a retrospective analysis of data collected on major
birth defects associated with ART (assisted reproductive technology),
overall birth defect rates are down, but remain high compared to those
reported after natural conception.
One recent study suggests that women who follow a vegetarian diet during pregnancy might be more at risk for having male newborns with a genital defect called hypospadias.
Overall, Accutane is safe for people who are not pregnant and are not trying to conceive. However, the drug can cause serious birth defects.
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is a series of birth defects associated with alcohol consumption during pregnancy.
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Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) is the term used to describe a series of
birth defects associated with fetal alcohol exposure in utero.
Despite warnings about potential birth defect risks associated with
chemical solvents, women are still putting their pregnancies at risk by
working with these chemicals.
Researchers used patients with Potocki-Shaffer syndrome; a
condition characterized by the development of a smaller than normal
chin and head with developmental delay and discovered a gene common to
Thanks to ART treatments couples that would not have otherwise been able
to parent are now happily raising children. However, despite the
benefits associated with ART, there is some risk of birth defect
according to researchers from the University of Adelaide.
Toxoplasmosis is a cat parasite that can infect a pregnant woman if the woman touches cat waste, which is why pregnant women are told not to change cat litter boxes while pregnant.
The term cleft lip or cleft palate refers to a birth defect that affects the upper lip and/or the roof of the mouth, known as the palate. In mild cases, the birth defect does not affect eating and can easily be repaired with simple cosmetic surgery.
According to a new study completed by researchers at the University of
Rochester Medical Center, births occurring at night and over the weekend
are just as safe for infants born with birth defects as weekday
Women who are HIV positive often take anti-retroviral drugs to reduce the symptoms associated with the virus and protect the fetus from contracting HIV during pregnancy and childbirth.
Tobacco smoke and the chemicals produced have long been linked to
problems and conditions with the fetus. The conditions range from low
birth weight, prematurity and in some instances birth defects.
According to an annual report by the BINOCAR (British Isles Network of
Congenital Anomaly Registers), birth defects are not being reported as
often as they should be. Currently, about one in 80 births are noted as
having a birth defect of some kind.
According to research completed by QUT (Queensland University of
Technology), pregnant women need to stay cool during the first 28 weeks
of pregnancy to decrease the risk of miscarriage and birth defects.
A new research study published in the British Medical Journal, claims
women with high blood pressure during pregnancy are more likely to have
children with birth defects.
A team of researchers at Joslin Diabetes Center have identified an
enzyme that may increase the likelihood of birth defects in children
born to mothers with diabetes. The enzyme, known as AMPK, signals cells
to stop producing a specific gene, PAX3.
Canavan Disease is a genetic disorder commonly found in Ashkenazi Jews.
The disease causes a premature breakdown of white matter in the brain.
The disease is associated with chromosome 17.