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Leading Cause of Infant Death - Congenital Birth Defects by Robin P. Patient ExpertHealth Maven Posted Wed 22 Oct 2008 4:37pm The leading cause of infant death in the U.S. results from congenital birth defects. Three to five percent of all U.S. babies are born with birth defects according to CDC figures in 2004. Another way of looking at it is one in every thirty three babies has a birth defect. Birth defects can affect any part of the body such as heart defects or neur ... Read on »
Media: Please help stop #1 Birth Defects Virus--Congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus) by Lisa Posted Tue 30 Apr 2013 10:40am Dear Reporters/Newcasters,   Much of my writing work since the death of my daughter (pictured on left) has centered around trying to raise a prevention message about congenital CMV (cytomegalovirus). It is the disease that disabled and ultimately killed my daughter (she died during a seizure). It causes more disabilities than ... Read on »
June: National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month--Stop #1 Viral Cause of Birth Defects! by Lisa Posted Fri 31 May 2013 6:32am According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June is National Congenital Cytomegalovirus Awareness Month . Doctors do not routinely warn women of childbearing years how to prevent contracting this virus that causes more disabilities than Down syndrome. This message should be, but is not, as well-known as  "don't cha ... Read on »
FDA Drug Safety Communication:Use of long-term, high-dose Diflucan (fluconazole) during pregnancy may be associated with birth d by FDA Posted Wed 03 Aug 2011 2:40pm Safety Announcement [8-03-2011] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is informing the public that chronic, high doses (400-800 mg/day) of the antifungal drug Diflucan (fluconazole) may be associated with a rare and distinct set of birth defects in infants whose mothers were treated with the drug du ... Read on »
Environmental Factors in Birth Defects: What We Need to Know by Environmental Health Posted Wed 30 Sep 2009 9:00pm Environmental Factors in Birth Defects: What We Need to Know Formal Correction: This article has been formally corrected to address the following errors. Jump to Bob Weinhold, MA ... Read on »
Sickle Cell and Pregnancy by Tosin Ola Registered NurseHealth Maven Posted Tue 12 Apr 2011 8:24am Written by Sickle Cell Warrior on 12 April 2011 There have been many questions on the Sickle Cell Warriors Facebook page regarding being pregnant with sickle cell. Many of the women have shared their experiences with pregnancy, labor and delivery. The one consistent theme is that each an ... Read on »
Risk of Birth Defect Doubles for Cousin Couples by Medline Plus Posted Wed 03 Jul 2013 6:01pm Children whose parents are cousins run more than double the risk of being born with a congenital abnormality, although the overall rate of such birth defects remains low, according to new research findings. Source: Reuters Health Related MedlinePlus Page: Birth Defects Read on »
Soap and Water Prevent Birth Defects by Lisa Posted Wed 25 Nov 2009 10:02pm Soon a magazine will be publishing the following story with sidebar. I was asked to get it down to 825 words, which I've done in the following Soap and Water Prevent Birth Defects by Lisa Saunders Few women of child-bearing age realize that plain old soap and water can prevent the #1 viral cause of birth defects, congenital cytomegalovirus ... Read on »
Women Aren't Warned About #1 Birth Defects Virus by Lisa Posted Wed 07 Oct 2009 4:01am Few women of child-bearing age realize that plain old soap and water can prevent the #1 viral cause of birth defects, congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV). And, many are never warned that kissing their toddlers around the mouth can lead to permanent disabilities for their developing fetus. (My daughter Elizabeth, pictured here, was born disabled by ... Read on »
Maternal Hypertension Increases Risk for Birth Defects by Poh Tin Tan Posted Tue 01 Nov 2011 12:00am From Medscape Education Clinical Briefs News Author: Ricki Lewis, PhD CME Author: Désirée Lie, MD, MSEd 10/21/2011 Clinical Context Some studies have suggested an increased risk for fetal malformations with the use of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors in the first trimester of pregnancy, but this observation has not been confir ... Read on »