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Young People With Heart Defects Not Checking In With Heart Doc

DALLAS , July 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Young people with heart defects not checking in with heart doc . One-fifth or more of young adults between ages 18-22 who have severe congenital heart disease don't see a cardiologist, according to a Canadian study published onlin...

Joplin Citizens and Health Organizations Call on Missouri Gov. Nixon for Study, Action on High Incidence of Birth Defects and Chronic Diseases in Community

JOPLIN, Mo., April 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Local and national public health organizations joined the Steelworkers Union today in calling on Governor Jay Nixon for a thorough investigation and action to alleviate the rising incidence in Joplin of birth defects and chronic diseases, which may b...

Ugandan Children Receive Life-Saving Treatment For Heart Defects At Children's National Medical Center

Through partnership with Samaritan's Purse and Gift of Life, patients travel to United States **Media Note: Patients will be at Children's National for farewell visit on Tuesday, February 24** Washington, DC --On February 12, two Ugandan children received life-saving p...

Enhanced skin cancer risk linked to defects in cellular aging controls

February 23, 2009, Cambridge, UK Cell lifespan is limited by telomeres, DNA sequences that cap chromosomes and control the number of times a cell may be copied. A new study reported in Disease Models & Mechanisms (DMM), dmm.biologists.org , describes how telomere dysfunction in skin cells can...

How defects in 1 gene cause 3 distinct and devastating human diseases

By studying heat-loving microbes, two research teams have gained new insight into how seemingly small differences in a single protein involved in DNA transcription and repair can lead to strikingly different genetic disorders in humans. The two studies in the May 30th issue of Cell, a Cell Pres...

Analysis of Millions of U.S. Births Shows Association Between Birth Defects and Preterm Birth

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., May 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Babies born preterm were more than twice as likely to have major birth defects as full-term infants, according to a new analysis of nearly 7 million U.S. live births published online this week in the Springer journal Maternal and Child Heal...

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Opens the World's First Delivery Unit for Mothers Diagnosed with Birth Defects in Fetus

The Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit at Children's Hospital Opens Today PHILADELPHIA, May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An innovative new labor and delivery unit is now available for expectant mothers needing highly specialized, sophisticated medical care. The Garbose Family Special Deli...

Reconstructing mandibular defects with bioengineered tooth and bone

Current strategies for jaw reconstruction require multiple procedures, first to repair the bone defect to offer sufficient support, and then to place the tooth implant. The entire procedure can be painful and time-consuming, and the desired esthetic and functional repair can be achieved only when ...

Congenital heart defects increasing among IVF twins

The prevalence of congenital heart disease (CHD) among in vitro fertilization (IVF) pregnancies was similar to that of the general population, but there is an increasing risk of CHD among twins resulting from IVF, according to research by Yale School of Medicine researchers. Mert Ozan Bahtiyar...

Babies With Heart Defects Do Best at Hospitals With Most Experience

Centers with a high volume of corrective surgeries show higher survival rates, study found MONDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Babies with congenital heart defects are more likely to survive if they're treated at a hospital with the most experience in treating such cases, U.S. researchers conclu...

Procedure to detect fetal heart defects is first automated use of 3-D ultrasound

NORFOLK, VA, AND WAUKESHA, WI GE Healthcare, the leading manufacturer of 3D/4D ultrasound systems, has licensed a technique patented by an Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) obstetrician that can automate the acquisition of ultrasound images used by physicians to diagnose fetal heart defects....

Heart Defects Can Delay Baby's Brain Development

Corrective cardiac surgery is not to blame, study suggests WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Brain development is delayed in babies born with certain heart defects, new research shows. The slowdown in brain development is similar to the delay found in premature infants, the rese...

Cell-surface sugar defects may trigger nerve damage in multiple sclerosis patients

Irvine, Calif., Sept. 20, 2007 Defects on cell-surface sugars may promote the short-term inflammation and long-term neurodegeneration that occurs in the central nervous system of multiple sclerosis patients, according to University of California, Irvine researchers. The findings also suggest t...

Folic Acid Reduces Infant Heart Defects

Adding B vitamin to grain products cut congenital heart defects in newborns, researchers say TUESDAY, May 12 (HealthDay News) -- Since the mandatory addition of folic acid to flour, pasta and other grain products took effect in Canada more than a decade ago, fewer babies have been born...

TAN's Efforts Produce 'Chunk of Change' for Children With Heart Defects

MILLERSVILLE, Md., April 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- All it takes is "a big chunk of change" to make Jen Ross smile. This Travel Advantage Network employee spearheaded the effort to raise more than $1,000 for Custom Hearts , a Washington D.C.-based charity that supports families of childr...

Study Links Pesticides to Birth Defects

Risk rises for babies conceived in spring, summer, when chemical concentrations peak TUESDAY, March 31 (HealthDay News) -- Pesticides may increase the risk of birth defects, say researchers who found that the highest rates of birth defects in U.S. babies occur among those conceived in ...

B12 Deficit May Boost Risk of Birth Defects

Women who are vegans and vegetarians most affected, study says MONDAY, March 2 (HealthDay News) -- Women who do not have enough vitamin B12 in their blood before and after conception have a greater chance of having a baby with brain or spinal cord defects, a new study says. Most a...

Obese Moms More Likely to Have Babies With Birth Defects

But researchers note risk is still small and pounds can be shed before conception TUESDAY, Feb. 10 (HealthDay News) -- If you're planning on becoming pregnant, a new study suggests that you should try to shed any extra weight you're carrying before conception. That's because babies ...

Hebrew University scientists succeed through stem cell therapy in reversing brain birth defects

Jerusalem, December 28, 2008 Scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have succeeded in reversing brain birth defects in animal models, using stem cells to replace defective brain cells. The work of Prof. Joseph Yanai and his associates at the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School ...

Moms' Smoking Linked to Increased Risk of Birth Defects

Mothers Who Smoked During Pregnancy More Than Twice as Likely to Have a Baby With a Cleft Lip or Palate OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Babies whose mothers smoked during pregnancy were more than twice as likely to have a cleft palate or lip as those whose mothers didn't, ...

Moms' smoking linked to increased risk of birth defects

OAKLAND, CA, NOV. 5, 2008 Babies whose mothers smoked during pregnancy were more than twice as likely to have a cleft palate or lip as those whose mothers didn't, according to research results released today. Although the study confirms earlier findings, it is unique because it did not rely o...

Pre-Pregnancy Diabetes Boosts Risk for Birth Defects

Women 3 to 4 times more likely to deliver baby with at least one problem, U.S. study finds WEDNESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News)-- Women who develop diabetes before they become pregnant are three to four times more likely than non-diabetic women to have a baby with at least one birth de...

Pitt-led research provides insight into development of congenital circulatory defects

PITTSBURGHUniversity of Pittsburgh-led researchers could provide new insight into how two common congenital circulatory problemsaortic arch deformity and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)develop in humans, as reported in the June 15 edition of Developmental Biology . Led by Beth Roman, an ass...

No link between antidepressants and birth defects

This release is available in French . Montreal, May 22, 2008 Expectant mothers can safely use prescribed antidepressants during their first trimester, according to a new study from the Universit de Montral and Ste. Justine Hospital published in the May edition of the British Journal of P...

Another Reason Not to Smoke While Pregnant: Birth Defects

Research finds a much greater risk of finger and toe deformities,,,, FRIDAY, Aug. 17 (HealthDay News) -- One of the first things every new parent does is count the baby's fingers and toes. But, women who smoke during pregnancy may be in for an unhappy surprise, because smoking increas...

Exposure to Epilepsy Drug During Pregnancy Can Increase Risk of Mental Defects in Newborns

Women with epilepsy who took the seizure drug valporate, which is marketed by Abbott Laboratories under the brand name Depakote, while pregnant increased their risk of having an infant with mental defects, according to a study presented Thursday at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neu...

Women Deliver Babies With Eye Defects in Jharkhand Villages

Nearly 30 women in two Jharkhand villages have given birth to babies with eyesight defects. Environmentalists and villagers has blamed the air and water pollution //caused by coal mining in the area. Four women of Chatro village in Giridih district, around 200 km from here, were brought to Ran...

Special Delivery Unit for Pregnant Moms With Birth Defects in Fetus

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia could not be prouder to announce it will launch the world's first comprehensive// medical unit for mothers carrying a fetus with a known birth defect. Set to open in January 2008, the Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit will offer comprehensive medical care,...

Babies With Congenital Heart Defects Live Longer, Study Shows

The number of adults suffering severe heart problems due to birth defects has gone up by 85% from 1985 to 2000 a study showed, //indicating the benefits of evolved methods of diagnosis and surgery that has assisted in better diagnosis and treatment, thus extending the life span of such patients. ...

Brain stem Defects associated with SIDS

According to a recent research, an infant’s risk of cot death or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is increased by the brain defects that affect breathing and temperature control. // U.S. researchers conducted the study on babies who died of SIDS. The findings were published in the Journal ...

Include folic acid in bread to reduce neural tube defects in new borns

Ireland :The alarming number of NTD's or neural tube defects in new borns has raised concern and now the national committee has recommended that most bread// in Ireland should include folic acid, which is a way to ensure dietary folic acid supplements in women. This would indeed help offsetti...

Birth Defects Link With ACE Inhibitor Use, FDA Reports

Taking ACE inhibitor, a common BP medication during first trimester of pregnancy have greater risk of developing birth defects in babies - The Food and Drug Administration reports from data collected by researchers at// Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The study, led by William Cooper, M.D...

Birth Defects Caused By Deficiencies In Cell Signaling Pathway

Cell signaling pathways are particularly essential for proper embryo development and disorders in these cellular pathways// can lead to birth defects such as cleft palate, spina bifida, reports a new study. The research is a collaborative effort of the University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center...

Gene Defects Determine Susceptibility to Cancer and Bone Marrow Failure

A new study has now highlighted that certain gene defects that control of protein synthesis can either increase or decrease an individual's susceptibility to cancer and other diseases. //Surprisingly, such genetic mechanisms can be responsible for cancer although the protein levels are normal, reve...

Risk Of Birth Defects Increased Due To Anti-Depressant Medication

A warning has been issued to all physicians, more specifically to pregnant women against the prescription and consumption of Paxil, given for treatment of depression due to the risk of increased congenital// heart defects in newborns. The notice has been issued by the Food and Drug Administrati...

Risk Of Birth Defects Slightly Increased Due To IVF

The risk of cardiovascular, muscular and skeletal defects is slightly higher in babies born through assisted reproductive techniques such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) // when compared to those conceived through natural means (6.2% Vs 4.4%). The above finding would be valuable in the United...

Addition Of Folic Acid In Flour Proposed To Arrest Birth Defects In The UK

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition in the UK has said that many babies could be spared the trauma of being born with birth defects if folic acid were to be incorporated in flour. //Folic acid plays a vital role in reducing commonly found neural tube defects like the spina bifida. The Co...

Birth Defects Caused By Acne Medication Can Be Minimized By Voluntary Pregnancy Prevention

Isotretinoin is a drug used to treat severe acne that woks by reducing the sebum secretion. Research done on the effect of the drug in pregnant women reveals that it can cause birth defects//. In view of the potential risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the drug manufacturers developed...

Birth Defects Caused By Drugs Used For Epilepsy

It has been found that the verbal IQ levels of children exposed to the epilepsy drug in utero was comparatively lower than children who were not exposed to the drug.// The study was conducted in 249 children between the ages of 6 and 16 who were born to mothers with epilepsy and tests were perfo...

Making Fortification Mandatory In Order To Reduce Birth Defects

Based on findings of a recent study researchers say fortifying milk with folic acid //could offer an accessible source of the vitamin. Although adding folic acid to foods is not currently permitted in many European markets, in some places like US and Canada it is still added to flour order to preve...
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