Spina Bifida

  Spina bifida is a neural tube defect that affects approximately 3,000 pregnancies each year. Although the occurrences appear to be decreasing, Spina bifida occurs…

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Progeria: Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS)

  Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome is commonly referred to as Progeria or HGPS. Progeria is a genetic condition that occurs in 1 of every 4 to…

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Down Syndrome: Trisomy 21

Down syndrome is the most common birth defect in the United States. It was first described in 1866 and is named after John Langdon Down,…

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Congenital Heart Defects

Heart defects are among the most common form of birth defects. More than 32,000 infants are born each year with some form of heart defect…

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Cleft lip and Cleft Palate

Cleft means ‘split’ or ‘separation’. During early pregnancy separate areas of the face develop individually and then join together. The lip usually closes by 5…

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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of conditions that affect control of movement and posture. Because of damage to areas of the brain that control…

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Autism

  Autism is a developmental disability that usually appears during the first three years of life. It is a neurological disorder that impacts the normal…

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Tips For Preventing Birth Defects

Approximately 150,000 children are born every year in the United States affected by one or more birth defects. Although the cause of over 60% of…

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Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG);The Pregnancy Hormone

The hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (better known as hCG) is produced during pregnancy. It is made by cells that form the placenta, which nourishes the…

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Setting Up a Birth Defects Prevention Campaign in Your Company

Approximately 150,000 children are born every year in the United States affected by one or more birth defects. Although the cause of over 60% of birth defects…

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Turner Syndrome

Turner syndrome is a chromosomal condition that occurs when one of the two X chromosomes found in females is missing or incomplete. It is a chromosomal condition…

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