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2011-03-18 00:00:28

The Update on Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment of Fetal Anomalies conference occurs in Philadelphia today through March 19 Philadelphia, PA (Vocus/PRWEB) March 16, 2011 An international group of over 300 medical experts gathers today to discuss the most current advances in prenatal diagnosis and treatment of birth defects. About one in every 33 babies born each year in the United States has some type of major birth defect. Birth defects are also the leading cause of infant death. The...

2011-03-16 11:00:00

PHILADELPHIA, March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An international group of over 300 medical experts gathers today to discuss the most current advances in prenatal diagnosis and treatment of birth defects. About one in every 33 babies born each year in the United States has some type of major birth defect. Birth defects are also the leading cause of infant death. The Update on Prenatal Diagnosis and Treatment of Fetal Anomalies conference occurs in Philadelphia today through March...

2011-02-15 08:21:53

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Mother's carrying babies with spina bilfida could see major benefits by having surgery in the womb. Spina bifida, is a birth defect that affects 1,500 of the babies born in the U.S. each year.  The bone around the spine doesn't form properly, causing part of the spinal cord to stick out of the baby's back. According to this study, about 10% of babies born with the defect die after birth. Since there is no cure for the defect, some parents choose to end the...

2011-02-11 16:29:20

Authors stress more research needs to be done to determine whether supplement that prevents spina bifida causes cancer in humans The daughters of rats who took folic acid supplements before conception, during pregnancy and while breast-feeding have breast cancer rates twice as high as other rats, according to a new study. They also had more tumours and developed them at a faster rate, according to the study led by Dr. Young-in Kim, a gastroenterologist at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto....

2011-02-10 19:38:50

More than two thousand physicians, some of the top obstetric/gynecologists in the world who specialize in maternal-fetal medicine, especially high risk pregnancies, gathered today for their annual meeting in San Francisco to begin four days of intensive research presentations. Presentations each year at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's (SMFM) annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting â“ž¢, represent major findings in reducing high-risk pregnancies and...

2011-02-10 13:40:23

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is one of three centers in newly released landmark study Performing delicate surgery in the womb, months before birth, can substantially improve outcomes for children with a common, disabling birth defect of the spine. Experts at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) co-led a new landmark study showing that fetal surgery for spina bifida greatly reduces the need to divert fluid from the brain, improves mobility and improves the chances that a...

2011-02-10 01:00:00

Thirty years ago, the first human fetal surgery was performed at the University of California, San Francisco. Now, a randomized controlled trial has proven definitively that fetal surgery can help certain patients before birth. Babies who undergo an operation to repair the birth defect spina bifida while still in the womb develop better and experience fewer neurologic complications than babies who have corrective surgery after birth, according to findings from a major multicenter trial led by...

2011-01-03 07:00:00

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- This January, as part of National Birth Defects Prevention Month, the Grain Foods Foundation has partnered with the March of Dimes to remind all women of child-bearing age of the important role folic acid plays in preventing birth defects. Daily consumption of the B vitamin folic acid, beginning before pregnancy, is crucial as neural tube defects, birth defects of the brain and spine such as spina bifida, can occur in the early weeks...

2010-10-19 07:37:17

Ryma, a petite 5-year-old girl from Algeria, is the newest arrival at The LightHouse, a ministry of ISOH/IMPACT, one of Ohio's premier disaster relief and humanitarian aid organizations. Diagnosed with lipomyelomeningocele, a form of Spina Bifida, Ryma has a mass located under the skin on her back. As a result of the pressure put on her spinal column by the mass, Ryma lives with reduced neurological function and mobility. Perrysburg, OH (Vocus) October 19, 2010 Ryma, a petite 5-year-old...

2010-10-04 16:53:50

An increasing number of obese adolescents, particularly females, are undergoing gastric bypass surgery. Yet a case study presented Sunday, Oct. 3, at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco, highlights the possible link between gastric bypass surgery in adolescent girls and an increased risk for neural tube defects, which can lead to varying degrees of disability such as paralysis and mental retardation due to damage to the nervous system,...


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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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