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2009-03-31 08:08:14

A study published in the April 2009 issue of the medical journal Acta Paediatrica is the first to report that birth defect rates in the United States were highest for women conceiving in the spring and summer. The researchers also found that this period of increase risk correlated with increased levels of pesticides in surface water across the United States. Studying all 30.1 million births which occurred in the U.S. between 1996 and 2002, the researchers found a strong association between...

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2009-02-11 07:35:00

Obese women are more likely to give birth to children with birth abnormalities, according to new findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. British researchers said the health issues for children include spina bifida, heart problems, cleft palate and a number of other defects. The findings underscore obesity's role as a major health problem and add to evidence that being too heavy while pregnant carries risks for both mother and child. Katherine Stothard and...

2009-01-30 14:43:00

SEATTLE, Jan. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A low-income woman receives vitamins to prevent birth defects of the brain and spine. A pregnant woman is educated on the link between periodontal disease and preterm and low birth weight deliveries and is then given the tools to improve her oral health. Asian- and Spanish-speaking women learn the signs of preterm labor. These, and many more at-risk populations, are now being helped through local grants announced today by the March of Dimes. In...

2009-01-06 06:00:00

Grain Foods Foundation Partners with March of Dimes to Remind Women of the Importance of Folic Acid in Preventing Birth Defects WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- A new March of Dimes survey conducted by the Gallup organization and funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals only 11 percent of women of childbearing age said they knew that folic acid should be consumed prior to pregnancy. Nearly 40 percent of American women of childbearing age (ages 18-45),...

2009-01-05 09:03:00

ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Just in time for National Folic Acid Awareness Week (January 5-11) and January's Birth Defects Prevention Month, USA Rice Federation has teamed up with the National Council on Folic Acid (NCFA) to help spread the word about the importance of folic acid for good health, and to help Americans identify simple steps to boost their intake, such as consuming enriched rice. Research shows that folic acid, a form of the water-soluble B-vitamin folate found in...

2008-11-18 12:24:01

Infants conceived using fertility clinic techniques are more likely to have certain birth defects than infants conceived naturally, a U.S. study indicates. The findings applied to single births only and included heart problems, cleft lip or palate, and abnormalities in the esophagus or rectum, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The conditions are rare, generally occurring no more than once in 700 births, so the risk was still low even with fertility treatments, the study by the Centers for...

2008-09-26 12:00:35

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Sept. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded Abt Associates contracts totaling $4.9 million to provide data collection and project management services for the on-going National Birth Defects Prevention Study. The purpose of the study, which began in 1997, is to collect data that can help identify risk factors and patterns in the occurrence of birth defects. Abt SRBI, the company's survey research subsidiary, will complete all of...

2008-07-31 21:00:37

Women with diabetes before they become pregnant are three to four times more likely to have a child with one or multiple birth defects, U.S. officials said. A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, shows that pregnant women with pre-gestational diabetes mellitus -- pre-pregnancy diagnosis of diabetes, such as type 1 or type 2 diabetes -- are more likely than a mother with no diabetes or a mother with...

2008-07-30 18:00:17

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ATLANTA - Diabetic women who get pregnant are three to four times more likely to have a child with birth defects than other women, according to new government research. The study is the largest of its kind, and provides the most detailed information to date on types of birth defects that befall the infants of diabetic mothers, including heart defects, missing kidneys and spine deformities. The study lists nearly 40 types of birth defects found to be...

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2008-07-30 09:30:00

By Mike Stobbe Associated Press Diabetic women who get pregnant are three to four times more likely to have a child with birth defects than other women, according to new government research. The study is the largest of its kind, and provides the most detailed information to date on types of birth defects that befall the infants of diabetic mothers, including heart defects, missing kidneys and spine deformities. The study lists nearly 40 types of birth defects found to be significantly more...


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