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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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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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Why didn't doctors know about birth defects with art till now?

Why didn't doctors know about birth defects with art till now?

Studies meticulous.: Assisted reproduction technology has only been widely available for a couple of decades. The risk of birth defects in any normal pregnancy is 2-4%, and art does not appear to affect that significantly, which is why it took a while to tease out a mild increase in certain congenital anomalies with icsi alone (not regular ivf). See: n engl j med 2012;366:1803-13. ...Read more

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Please help we don't understand why our baby has a birth defect?

Please help we don't understand why our baby has a birth defect?

2-4$ of all babies.: 2-4% of all babies are born with a major or minor birth defect. This is not your fault, however recurrence can be prevented with certain cardiac and neural tube defects (among the more common and serious) by taking 1-5 mg of Folic Acid daily for the rest of your reproductive life (i.e. Until menopause/hysterectomy/bilateral tubal ligation). ...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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What are the most common birth defects?

What are the most common birth defects?

See below: About 3% of the babies are born with birth defects and there are about 20 common defects. You may wish to consult the webpage below to get more details. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/birthdefects/data.html. ...Read more

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What percent of babies have a birth defect?

What percent of babies have a birth defect?

About 3%: About 3 out of every 100 babies are born with some type of birth defect. Some can be very minor, and some are more serious. Some disease (like diabetes in the mother), or use of some medications in pregnancy can increase the risk of a baby having a birth defect. ...Read more

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Can birth defects occur because of the environment?

Can birth defects occur because of the environment?

In some cases: In the classical case, mercury in the waste water from a factory in japan fouled the fish they caught & ate. Pregnancies exposed to these fish often produced babies with small heads & brain damage. ...Read more

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Birth defects are on the rise. What could cause this?

Many reasons: First, are they really increasing, or are they just living. Up until recently in history most of those pregnancies with defects would miscarry or the baby die rapidly after birth. Now we save these pregnancies and children. However, if increase, it is likely the many environmental exposures we have in the industrial age, both in the air we breath and perhaps the foods we eat. ...Read more

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I feel there is going to be birth defects on my baby. what do I do?

I feel there is going to be birth defects on my baby. what do I do?

Time for consultatn: I would consult with your OB about available forms of testing. There are both screening and more specific tests for a variety of issues. High resolution ultrasound can detect many structural defects while blood tests or amniocentesis can detect others. There is no overall test that could guarantee a given baby does a problem that is missed by the usual screening. ...Read more

Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Birth Defects (Definition)

Birth defects is a term for structural or functional abnormalities that a baby is be born with. These defects can be the result of genetic mutations or external insults to the developing fetus, such ...Read more


Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias
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Congenital Abnormalities (Definition)

Congenital abnormalities, commonly known as "birth defects," are structural conditions that are present from birth. Common abnormalities include limb or facial malformations, but may ...Read more