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Children born with congenital defects likely to experience abuse

Researchers at the University of Texas recently discovered evidence that children are at higher risk of experiencing abuse if they are born with congenital defects like spina bifida or cleft lip/palate. The University of Texas Health Science Center revealed that children who are born with spina bifida are 58% more likely to face abuse than […]

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Researchers study congenital heart disease therapies for adults

A group of researchers in Kentucky are utilizing Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to study potential treatments for congenital heart disease in those who had heart surgery as an infant, Medical Xpress reported on August 14. Those who underwent surgery as an infant for Tetralogy of Fallot, a common congenital heart disease, have a higher risk […]

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Washington health experts puzzled by increasing anencephaly cases

Health experts in Washington wanted to find out the cause of increasing cases of anencephaly in babies in certain counties, reported on May 14. In a public hearing held in Sunnydale on May 13, health experts studied┬áthe factors that may have caused┬áthe anencephaly increase. Shown in the data collected by the Washington Department of […]

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FDA releases new warning about the use of Depakote and related drugs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently warned medical practitioners and patients that pregnant mothers taking anti-seizure drugs that contain Valproate can cause a decreased IQ in newborns. In a statement released by the FDA on May 6, Depakote and other generic drugs that contain Valproate should not be taken by pregnant women. This […]

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Pregnant moms’ use of anti-seizure drug increases babies’ autism risk

According to a recent Danish study, pregnant mothers ingesting the anti-seizure drug Valproate during their pregnancy increase the risk of their baby being born with autism to five times that of mothers who don’t use this medication. The research study, which was just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed that Valproate […]

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Herbicide exposure may cause rare birth defect

The most common herbicide used in the U.S., atrazine, may be linked to the development of a rare birth defect called choanal atresia. According to researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine, the herbicide, which is typically used on corn crops, may disrupt a woman’s endocrine system while she is pregnant, causing the defect. This […]

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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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