Latest congenital heart defects Stories

2014-02-24 12:27:03

Simple, non-invasive $4 test detects critical heart defects OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Feb. 24, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A simple test could save a child's life, but hospitals in Kansas are not required to offer it. This inexpensive, easy, lifesaving test to detect critical congenital heart defects, known as pulse oximetry, is required in more than 30 states across the country including Missouri. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment currently recommends that pulse...

2013-11-18 15:19:33

Abstract: 15332 (Hall F, Core 2, Poster Board: 2092) Children's congenital heart defects may be associated with their mothers' exposure to specific mixtures of environmental toxins during pregnancy, according to research presented at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2013. Congenital heart defects occur when the heart or blood vessels near the heart don't develop normally before birth. Defects may be caused by chromosomal abnormalities, but the cause is unknown in...

2013-10-07 09:16:29

Study reverses understanding of heart cell development Mitochondria are the power plants of cells, manufacturing chemical fuel so a cell can perform its many tasks. These cellular power plants also are well known for their role in ridding the body of old or damaged cells. Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of Padua-Dulbecco Telethon Institute in Italy have shown that mitochondria remarkably also orchestrate events that determine...

2012-07-18 12:36:42

Study backs up previous research findings Workplace exposure to organic solvents is linked to several types of heart defects at birth, indicates research published online in Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Organic solvents are widely used for dissolving or dispersing substances, such as fats, oils, and waxes, as well as in chemical manufacturing. They are found in paints, varnishes, adhesives, degreasing/cleaning agents, dyes, polymers, plastic, synthetic textiles, printing...

2011-08-11 06:40:02

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A quick, non-invasive test that measures blood oxygen levels in newborns detects more cases of life-threatening congenital heart defects than current standard approaches and should be adopted into the routine assessment of all newborns before discharge from hospital, according to this study. Congenital heart defects are one of the leading causes of deaths in infants in the developed world. Current screening techniques involving a mid-trimester ultrasound scan and a...

2011-04-18 14:28:33

New study suggests preventive strategies needed to reduce ethnic-racial disparities Non-Hispanic black infants born with heart defects are more likely to die within the first five years of life than their non-Hispanic white and Hispanic peers. For certain types of congenital heart abnormalities, Hispanic children as well as non-Hispanic black children fare worse than non-Hispanic white children. These findings, detailed in a new study by researchers at the University of South Florida, Texas...

2011-04-11 11:32:26

By Daniel Stolte, University of Arizona A filter-feeding sea animal holds the promise of unraveling the complex mechanisms underlying heart formation and developing new diagnostics for congenital heart defects Each year in the U.S., approximately 40,000 babies are born with a heart defect. Without the proper diagnosis and treatment, many of these babies would die before their first birthday, according to Dr. Scott Klewer, a cardiologist at the UA's College of Medicine. "We still don't know...

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...

2011-02-07 08:05:00

Survey finds most hospitals, birthing centers do not routinely screen for congenital heart defects CROMWELL, Conn., Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Only about two out of every 100 babies (1.8 percent) were screened at birth for congenital heart defects (CHDs) because the hospital or birthing center where the baby was born routinely screens all newborns for CHDs -- the number-one birth defect and leading killer of infants and newborns. This is according to a survey just released by...

2010-12-07 07:44:26

By Kitta MacPherson, Princeton University A gene that can cause congenital heart defects has been identified by a team of scientists, including a group from Princeton University. The discovery could lead to new treatments for those affected by the conditions brought on by the birth defect. Princeton researchers focused on identifying and studying the gene in zebrafish embryos, and the team's work expanded to include collaborations with other groups studying the genetics of mice and people....

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  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
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