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Benzodiazepines cause birth defects according to research. Which specific birth defects do they cause?

Benzodiazepines cause birth defects according to research. Which specific birth defects do they cause?

Cleft lip/palate: A recent British medical Journal did an extensive meta-analysis of all the major studies in benzodiazepines and found a slightly increased risk, about 1.79 x greater risk of cleft lip and palate than the general population...no other major malformations reached clinical significance ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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Support Groups (Definition)

For information, resources, and support on specific diseases and conditions, see the links below. Additional local and national support groups can be found on the web, through local libraries, your health care provider, and the yellow pages ...Read more


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Any research/numbers on correlation between age of mother @ birth, and birth defects in children? Trying to find some hard data. Thank you!

Any research/numbers on correlation between age of mother @ birth, and birth defects in children? Trying to find some hard data.  Thank you!

See the CDC webpage: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/index.html is the centers for disease control webpage for birth defects, where you will find excellent epidemiologic data and interpretation. As a general rule, women who are older than 35 have an higher risk to bear a child with a birth defect because of a chromosomal imbalance. However, we have become adept at managing these risks. Your OB can explain more. ...Read more

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Can genetic testing prevent birth defects in pregnancy?

Can genetic testing prevent birth defects in pregnancy?

Nope.: Genetic prenatal testing can detect many chromosomal or microscopic dna defects - but it cannot prevent birth defects! 2-4% of all newborns will have a minor or major birth defect and the vast majority of those have unknown genetic underpinnings at this time, although many of us are working to change that. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily to prevent 75-95% of major neural/cardiac fetal anomalies! ...Read more

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Are neural tube defect babies active?

Are neural tube defect babies active?

Possibly: It depends on multiple factors. There are different degrees of neural tube defects. Some people can have a mild defect and other may have a severe defect. It also depends on the location of the defect. Your doctor might be able to better answer this question with all of the relevant information. ...Read more

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What are some mitochondrial disorder support groups in existence?

What are some mitochondrial disorder support groups in existence?

Look online: Since mitochondrial disorders are still considered rare disease entities, support groups at a local level would be very dificult to find. I suggest you go online to some of the big centers in the us who deal with the diagnosis and treatment of these disorders (ie. Children's hospital of philidelphia, cleveland clinic) and see if they have online support groups and parental geoups. ...Read more

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What support services are available newcastle upon tyne for parents of children with acquired brain injuries?

What support services are available newcastle upon tyne for parents of children with acquired brain injuries?

Great Ormond Street?: England has very good services available, but are very regional. The most famous center in england for such children is great ormond street in london. They would know what services are available in different regions. Newcastle upon tyne is a university city and should have access to good educational and therapy services. ...Read more

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Is there disability aid for children with preventible birth defects like fetal alcohol?

Is there disability aid for children with preventible birth defects like fetal alcohol?

Yes: Most states offer disability aid for a variety of conditions such as fetal alcohol. It can vary depending on how severely the child is affected. ...Read more

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What are some reputable support groups for incest survivors?

Two 12 Step groups: You might want to consider attending a meeting of survivors of incest anonymous (sia) and/or incest survivors anonymous (isa) the most important difference is that anyone who has been a perpetrator is asked not to attend isa even if the perpetrator was also a victim of incest. ...Read more

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How come there aren't many elderly adults with birth defects?

How come there aren't many elderly adults with birth defects?

Birth defects: Well birth defects are the number one cause of infant death. So many people with birth defects don't survive childhood. But more adults than you think have birth defects. And better medical care for children with birth defects helps them to survive longer. ...Read more

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Why are some babies are born with birth defects ?

Why are some babies are born with birth defects ?

Many reasons.: Genetic, environmental, drug teratogenicity, accidental factors all can cause birth defects. 2-4% of all liveborns in the us have a major or minor anomaly at birth. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily starting at least 3-12 months before conception to prevent >90% of open neural tube defects and >75% of cardiac defects! ...Read more

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Child with club foot at risk for other birth defects?

Child with club foot at risk for other birth defects?

No: Club feet are due to unusual position in uterus and leads to deformity. It may associated with other positional deformity;but no other chromosome abnormality. ...Read more

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Incest cause birth defects and other reproductive harm?

Incest cause birth defects and other reproductive harm?

Possible: In addition to the trauma of the incestous abuse, there is a higher risk of birth and congenital abnormalities in pregnacies and births resulting from incest due to the resulting gene loading in families with hereditary problems. ...Read more

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Are there any sites that help families with children who have spina bifida?

Are there any sites that help families with children who have spina bifida?

Yes: There are national and local spina bifida associations that you can find on the internet. They are a good source of reliable information on the subject. ...Read more

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Who are genetic counselors working for?

Who are genetic counselors working for?

You, mostly.: Or whoever has them on salary - doctor, group practice, hospital, hmo. ...Read more

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Are there any support sites for families of hard up pensioners on life support?

Are there any support sites for families of hard up pensioners on life support?

Try the following: http://www.ncoa.org/ and https://www.Thefamilycaregiver.Org/caregiving_resources/agencies_and_organizations.Cfm. This may get you started in the right direction. ...Read more

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What are birth defects from anticonvulsants?

What are birth defects from anticonvulsants?

Several types: Major congenital malformations include: spina bifida or heart defects. Other important ones include cleft lip or cleft palate. More subtle, but still important ones include effects on learning and cognition during childhood. Not all anticonvulsants do theses things to the same degree. The total daily dose often helps to determine the frequency of these defects. ...Read more

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Child with birth defects?

Child with birth defects?

And your question is: If you have a specific question please ask it. As written this collection of words does not provide enough detail to be an answerable question. ...Read more

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Are congenital defects the same as birth defects?

Are congenital defects the same as birth defects?

Yes: Here is a primer on the terms congenital refers to being present at birth. Anomalies, abnormalities, defects are often used interchangeably. Not all are genetic or familial. Malformation and deformation mean different things. Malformation is an anomaly due to abnormal formation of a structure. Deformation is a change in a structure due to forces like pressure, eg, in cases of low amniotic fluid. ...Read more

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Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Congenital Abnormalities (Definition)

Abnormalites that are present at birth. Also known as birth defects. For example- cleft palate is a congenital abnormalities. Another example congenital heart disease is the presence of a ...Read more


Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Birth Defects (Definition)

A physical or biochemical abnormality that is present at birth- it may be inherited or ...Read more