birth defects

Louisiana Baby Born with Half of Heart

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The upside is that they caught the problem early. Aiden Rodgers, now 10 months old, was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) as a 20-week-old fetus. Affecting about one in 6,000 live births, HLHS is a defect that causes the left side of the heart to stop developing. An underdeveloped left ventricle, mitral valve... Read more

It's the First-Ever World Birth Defects Day

world birth defects dayMarch of Dimes
Today marks the first celebration of a new -- and important -- observance. Pioneered by March of Dimes and 11 other international organizations, World Birth Defects Day was created to raise awareness for a problem that affects 8 million babies worldwide. While 50 percent of serious birth defects are detected soon after birth, the... Read more

Obesity Can Trigger Extremely Preterm Birth, Study Says

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Extreme preterm births, or those before 28 weeks of pregnancy, could be caused by obesity, according to a new study compiled by researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine. In general, a preterm birth is defined as any birth before 37 weeks. Most occur sometime between 28 and 37 weeks, but giving birth before... Read more