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2011-06-26 18:01:00

PHILADELPHIA, June 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over 1000 people gathered today to celebrate at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) for the 15th Annual Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment Fetal Family Reunion. The reunion brings together a unique community of families who have shared similar struggles. Nearly all of the children in attendance were prenatally diagnosed with a birth defect, like congenital diaphragmatic hernia, spina bifida, congenital heart disease or...

2011-06-25 00:00:32

Since June of 2008 more than 750 babies have been delivered in the Special Delivery Unit, the world's first birth facility exclusively for mothers carrying babies with known birth defects. Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) June 23, 2011 This month marks the third anniversary of the opening of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's (CHOP) Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit, the world's first birth facility exclusively for mothers carrying babies with known birth defects like spina bifida and...

2011-06-23 07:00:00

PHILADELPHIA, June 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- This month marks the third anniversary of the opening of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's (CHOP) Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit, the world's first birth facility exclusively for mothers carrying babies with known birth defects like spina bifida and congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Babies diagnosed with these birth defects will either undergo fetal surgery to treat the condition before birth or need immediate specialized care after...

2011-06-17 06:37:25

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ There are nearly 3,000 pregnancies each year in the United States where babies have birth defects of the brain and spine known as neural tube defects (NTD). Hispanic women have the highest rate of these defects when compared to other ethnic groups. However, according to the March of Dimes, a new initiative could decrease the rate of neural tube defects by fortifying corn masa flour with the B vitamin folic acid. Though, since 1998 the rate of birth defects of the...

2011-06-17 01:49:27

Initiative could decrease the rate of neural tube defects among Hispanic women Fortifying corn masa flour with the B vitamin folic acid could prevent more serious birth defects of the brain and spine in the Hispanic community, according to a March of Dimes commentary published in the American Journal of Public Health. Fortification of enriched cereal grains such as bread and pasta with folic acid was mandated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) beginning in 1998. Since then, the rate...

2011-06-16 15:00:00

Initiative Could Decrease the Rate of Neural Tube Defects Among Hispanic Women WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fortifying corn masa flour with the B vitamin folic acid could prevent more serious birth defects of the brain and spine in the Hispanic community, according to a March of Dimes commentary published in the American Journal of Public Health. Fortification of enriched cereal grains such as bread and pasta with folic acid was mandated by the Food &...

2011-06-11 00:00:30

A new study published by has indicated that infants exposed to antiepileptic drugs, such as Depakote, during pregnancy may have an even higher risk of developing serious birth defects. However, taking lower doses of Depakote may carry similar risks as higher doses of "safer" antiepileptics. Antiepileptic drugs are commonly prescribed to women suffering from epilepsy and seizure-related disorders, as well as bipolar disorder. The Consumer Justice Foundation has provided more information...

2011-06-06 15:36:00

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Four exceptional registered nurses have been awarded scholarships by the March of Dimes for graduate studies in the field of maternal-child nursing, it was announced today. These nurses are passionate about nursing and work tirelessly to improve maternal and infant health, the March of Dimes says. "The March of Dimes is committed to preventing premature births and birth defects globally. This year's recipients have made...

2011-05-15 00:02:34

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) links Topamax® to cleft lip and cleft palate. Houston, Texas (PRWEB) May 13, 2011 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified healthcare professionals and patients of a link between Topamax® (topiramate) and birth defects on March 4, 2011. Moulton & Arney, a litigation firm, is sponsoring TopamaxCleftLipLawyer.com, an online resource that aims to provide useful information about the Topamax® birth defect risk. "The...

2011-05-04 00:00:02

In March 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration strengthened its warning against the anti-consulant drug, Topamax, because new data suggests an increased risk of birth defects such as cleft palate or cleft lip. O'Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath is accepting clients from across the United States who may have suffered a dangerous side effect due to Topamax. Austin, TX (PRWEB) May 02, 2011 O'Hanlon, McCollom & Demerath reports that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently...