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2010-02-16 14:40:03

Experts at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia describe current state of the science Repairing birth defects in the womb. Inserting a tiny laser into the mother's uterus to seal off an abnormal blood flow and save fetal twins. Advancing the science that may allow doctors to deliver cells or DNA to treat sickle cell anemia and other genetic diseases before birth. These are examples of the still-emerging field of fetal surgery. "Fetal surgery is a unique field in maternal-fetal medicine,"...

2010-02-11 17:41:00

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two families who know all too well the trauma of having a baby born prematurely visited the White House today to share their inspiring stories with President Obama. The Hall family from Leesburg, Va., and the Hoffman family from Weston, Fla., are ambassadors for the March of Dimes, a nonprofit foundation that works to prevent premature birth, birth defects, and infant mortality. "These brave families told the President that premature...

2010-01-26 12:00:00

New Method Bypasses Need to Obtain Stem Cells From Embryos WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The scientist who reprogrammed adult cells into embryonic-like stem cells has been chosen to receive the 2010 March of Dimes Prize in Developmental Biology. Shinya Yamanaka, MD, PhD, of the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, San Francisco, and Kyoto University, Japan, will be honored with the 2010 March of Dimes Prize for his pioneering work that has fundamentally...

2009-12-29 14:20:00

After prenatal diagnosis with complex birth defects, hundreds of babies and mothers received world-class, unique services at the Special Delivery Unit at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- More than 240 babies born in 2009 in the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit (SDU) at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia are ringing in 2010 with their joyful families. Families from 24 states traveled to Children's Hospital for expert...

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2009-11-29 07:40:00

More than 90% of pregnant women take prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter) drugs, or use social drugs (such as tobacco and alcohol) or illicit drugs at some time during pregnancy. About 2-3% of all birth defects result from the use of drugs other than alcohol. With the help of their doctors, women planning to become pregnant should take an inventory of the medications they take, researchers from Canada advise. Dr. Anick Berard, at the University of Montreal in Quebec, noted in an...

2009-11-03 14:38:26

Penicillin and several other antibacterial medications commonly taken by pregnant women do not appear to be associated with many birth defects, according to a report in the November issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. However, other antibiotics, such as sulfonamides and nitrofurantoins, may be associated with several severe birth defects and require additional scrutiny. Treating infections is critical to the health of a mother and her...

2009-07-29 15:10:50

An industrial town was negligent in cleaning up an abandoned steelworks site and may have contributed to birth defects, Britain's High Court ruled Wednesday. Eighteen claimants ages 9 to 22 sued the Corby Borough Council, claiming their pregnant mothers were exposed to an atmospheric soup of toxic materials when Corby, in south-central England, dismantled a former British Steel plant and cleaned up the contaminated 680 acres from 1985 to 1999. The huge steel plant, one of Western Europe's...

2009-05-28 14:19:00

March of Dimes Recommends Controlling Weight before Pregnancy WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Starting pregnancy at a healthy weight and gaining the right amount during pregnancy is critical to giving a baby a healthy start in life, the March of Dimes said today in response to new guidelines from the Institute of Medicine (IOM). The Institute of Medicine issued new guidelines for the amount of weight a woman should gain during pregnancy. While the guidelines for...

2009-04-02 00:09:41

U.S. birth defect rates are highest for women conceiving in the spring and summer, researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have found. Dr. Paul Winchester, the lead author, said the researchers also found that this period of increased risk correlated with higher levels of pesticides found in surface water across the United States. Studying all 30.1 million births in the United States between 1996 and 2002, the researchers found a strong association between the increased...

2009-03-31 23:01:00

JOPLIN, Mo., April 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Local and national public health organizations joined the Steelworkers Union today in calling on Governor Jay Nixon for a thorough investigation and action to alleviate the rising incidence in Joplin of birth defects and chronic diseases, which may be associated with industrial pollution. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080131/DC12982LOGO) This call for government action accompanies release of a public health report by the...


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