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Follow up treatments after undergoing corrective cleft surgery

Individuals who underwent surgery to correct their cleft palate may be required to undergo follow up surgery operations or treatments–especially those patients who are prone to ear or nose infections. The following are reasons a person may need additional surgery or treatment: Children may be required to undergo another surgery as they grow Patients may need to […]

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Cleft defects linked to smoking during early pregnancy

A new analysis showed that orofacial defects in babies like cleft lip and palate can be caused by women who smoked during the early stage of their pregnancy, an article by HNGN stated on July 14. According to the analysis of the Surgeon General, more than 400 babies are born every year with cleft defects, and 6 percent […]

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September is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month

September is recognized as National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month in order educate society about this common birth defect. According to statistics from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, each year 4,437 children are born with a cleft lip with or without a cleft palate. Over 2,000 children are born with cleft palates. […]

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Over 20 plaintiffs file Depakote lawsuit

On June 8th, almost 30 plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the makers of Depakote, Abbott Laboratories, claiming that the use of the medication during the early stages of pregnancy caused the women’s children to suffer from birth defects. The new lawsuit seeks damages for 27 plaintiffs who all state similar claims. Each of the women […]

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Study: Childhood cancer risk increases for children with birth defects

A study was recently done on the link between birth defects and the increased risk of childhood cancer and it was found that children born with birth defects are three times more likely to develop a childhood cancer, especially in the first year. Researchers have stated that there is no evidence on which condition causes […]

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