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Birth Defects Support Groups
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Try - http://www.Blindness.Org/.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 4 more doctor answers