HIV Drugs May Increase Risk of Birth Defects

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. ... read more »

Newborns Affected by Severe Illness Linked to Parasite

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. ... read more »

Assisted Reproductive Technology Procedures and Risks

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. ... read more »

Smoking During Pregnancy Not Linked to Autism

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. ... read more »

ART and Birth Defects in Western Australia

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. ... read more »

Does Time of Delivery Affect Infants With Birth Defects?

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 deliveries. ... read more »

Study: Birth Defects Are Not Being Reported Accurately

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. ... read more »

PAX3 Gene May Be Linked to Birth Defects in Diabetic Mother

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. ... read more »

An Acne Pill that Causes Birth Defects

Overall, Accutane is safe for people who are not pregnant and are not trying to conceive. However, the drug can cause serious birth defects. ... read more »

Ten Tips For Reducing Risks Of Birth Defects

Everyone wants a healthy pregnancy and there are some ways you can reduce your risk of birth defects in your baby. Here are ten tips! ... read more »

Trisomy 18 - Edward Syndrome

Trisomy 18 syndrome is a disorder of human chromosomes which occurs in approximately 1 in 6,000 live-born infants. Trisomy 18 is due to the presence of an extra #18 chromosome. ... read more »

Vitamin B12 Preconception Decreases Malformations

Vitamin B12 preconception decreases malformations. ... read more »

Diabetes Mellitus and Birth Defects

Women who receive a diagnosis of diabetes before they become pregnant are three to four times more likely to have a child with one or even multiple birth defects than a mother who is not diabetic. ... read more »

Omphalocele

Children born with Omphalocele have a type of hernia that allows the intestines, liver, and sometimes other organs to protrude through the belly button area of the stomach. ... read more »

Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (also known as CDH) is an abnormality that occurs before birth as a fetus is forming in the mother's uterus. ... read more »

Retin-A Cream and Pregnancy - Is it safe?

Can I use Retin-A Cream during pregnancy? ... read more »

PCBs and other Pollutants May Play a Role in Pregnancy Delay

A study showed that couples with high levels of PCBs have been found to take longer to get pregnant. ... read more »

January Is Birth Defect Prevention Month

  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  ... read more »

Scientists Find Gene that Triggers Facial Deformities

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 patients. ... read more »

Women Still Exposed to Organic Solvents

Despite warnings about potential birth defect risks associated with chemical solvents, women are still putting their pregnancies at risk by working with these chemicals. ... read more »

Will Your Vegetarian Diet Cause Birth Defects?

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. ... read more »

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