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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...

2008-07-22 06:00:45

By Mary Brophy Marcus Pregnant women who take the epilepsy drug topiramate may increase their newborn's risk of birth defects, especially if they combine the drug with other epilepsy medications, according to a small study in this week's Neurology. Scientists who evaluated 203 women who became pregnant while taking topiramate, generic for Topamax, reported that of 178 babies born, 16 had major birth defects, including cleft palate and other malformations. Three of the 16 babies born...

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2008-05-25 09:10:00

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- When Barbora Bell wanted to have kids, she ditched the birth control pills, popped prenatal vitamins, and got more iron and calcium. Her husband's pre-conception regimen was much easier: "He had a glass of wine," Bell said, laughing. The Los Gatos, Calif., couple didn't hear a single dietary suggestion to help prospective fathers have healthy kids. If they had, Bell said, "we would have been doing it." Women contribute just half their children's genes. Yet would-be...

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2008-03-21 01:55:00

Researchers at University of California, Berkeley, report that men with low levels of folate are at an increased risk for sperm containing too many or too few chromosomes, which can cause birth defects and miscarriages.  The research is the first study to find a link between diet and sperm health. While the benefits of folate for women in preventing birth defects are widely known, the Berkeley research suggests it also boosts sperm health. In fact, the research found that folate...

2006-03-17 13:24:49

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who take decongestants during pregnancy don't appear to risk having poor outcomes or to be putting their baby at risk for birth defects, a Swedish team reports. A runny nose during pregnancy -- so-called pregnancy rhinitis -- "is a rather common complaint." Dr. Bengt A. J. Kallen, of the University of Lund, and colleagues write in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. There has been some concern that treating the problem with...

2006-03-08 12:39:53

By Will Boggs, MD NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Birth defects appear to be uncommon in infants born to women infected with West Nile virus (WNV) during pregnancy, according to a new report. "The current study's findings are overall reassuring in that the majority of the women for whom there was information delivered apparently healthy infants with normal growth and development," Dr. Daniel R. O'Leary from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Fort Collins, Colorado told Reuters...

2006-01-30 16:50:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 8 million children are born with birth defects around the world every year and most of them either die or are disabled for life as a result, according to a report released on Monday. With proper medical care up to 70 percent of these defects could be prevented, or at least treated, the report from the March of Dimes said. "An estimated 7.9 million children are born annually with a serious birth defect of genetic or...