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2011-02-28 12:13:19

Maternal cigarette smoking in the first trimester was associated with a 20 to 70 percent greater likelihood that a baby would be born with certain types of congenital heart defects, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Congenital heart defects are the most common type of birth defects, contributing to approximately 30 percent of infant deaths from birth defects annually. The study found an association between tobacco exposure and certain types of defects...

2011-01-09 00:43:14

The prescription drug Depakote is currently the most prescribed branded treatment for patients with mania associated with bipolar disorder as well as for the treatment of epilepsy. Depakote is produced by Abbott Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company based in Abbott Park, North Chicago, Illinois. Currently, Abbot Laboratories is being evaluated by Depakote Birth Injury Resources ("DBIR" or DepakoteBirthInjury.com) for the high number of birth defects and birth injuries resulting from the...

2011-01-04 15:25:02

Bioinformatic analysis crunches data on drug effects on genes involved in fetal development When pregnant women need medications, there is often concern about possible effects on the fetus. Although some drugs are clearly recognized to cause birth defects (thalidomide being a notorious example), and others are generally recognized as safe, surprisingly little is known about most drugs' level of risk. Researchers in the Children's Hospital Boston Informatics Program (CHIP) have created a...

2010-12-05 00:13:28

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning to health care professionals and patients about the potential increased risk of birth injuries and birth defects when valproate sodium and related products (e.g. Depacon, Depakote or Stavzor) are used by mothers during pregnancy. Depakote Birth Injury Resources (DepakoteBirthInjury.com) offers information and resources about the possible side effects of valproate sodium, including neural tube malformations, craniofacial defects and...

2010-11-25 21:43:30

Despite the reassurances of Pasternak and Hviid in their study, "Use of Proton-Pump Inhibitors (PPI) in Early Pregnancy and the Risk of Birth Defects," featured in the Nov. 24 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, an epidemiologist from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) believes that further studies are needed. The original study found that on the basis of data from more than 840,000 live births in Denmark, there was no evidence to suggest that the use of the most common...

2010-10-29 08:30:00

OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Creighton University School of Medicine researcher has been awarded a $2.7 million grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate a possible link between the ingestion of tortillas and corn-based food products contaminated with a fungal toxin and increased risk for birth defects. The three-year award is a collaborative effort among investigators at Creighton, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service...

2010-10-15 16:43:52

Scientific data continue to indicate that higher intake of alcohol during pregnancy adversely affects the fetus, and could lead to very severe developmental or other problems in the child. However, most recent publications show little or no effects of occasional or light drinking by the mother during pregnancy. The studies also demonstrate how socio-economic, education, and other lifestyle factors of the mother may have large effects on the health of the fetus and child; these must be...

2010-08-30 08:32:01

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Mothers who are exposed to certain antiviral drugs during the first trimester of pregnancy do not face an increased risk of birth defects, according to a new study. Researchers from Denmark conducted the study to determine if there was an association between the use of the antiviral drugs acyclovir, valacyclovir and famciclovir and major birth defects in women who used the treatments during their pregnancies. These drugs are often used to treat herpes simplex and herpes...

2010-03-25 08:00:00

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., March 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Kmart continues to support the March of Dimes to raise funds to ensure that every baby gets a healthy start in life. For the past 26 years, the retailer has committed to helping educate women about healthy pregnancies, and as part of their ongoing dedication this year, Kmart pharmacies across the U.S. will provide one free month of folic acid* to all Kmart Pharmacy customers. From Mar. 28 through May 1, customers can fill their folic acid...

2010-03-03 11:27:00

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., March 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nation's champion for babies today received the 2010 Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter Humanitarian Award. Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, who has served as president of the March of Dimes since 1990, was honored March 2 by the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) at a ceremony at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, Va. "Dr. Howse has been at the forefront of a national effort to improve the health of babies by preventing birth...


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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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