New Vaccine Could Prevent the #1 Infectious Cause of Birth Defects

Megan H. Pesch was blindsided when her third child, baby Odessa, completely lost her hearing at 2½ months due to an infection. Pesch, a...

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Spina Bifida Association Supports Federal Registry for Spina Bifida

About 166,000 people in the United States have spina bifida, according to the Spina Bifida Association (SBA), a voluntary organization that advocates...

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Boeing Exposed Workers to Birth-Defect Causing Chemicals

Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners, space, and security systems, has been flying loose...

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Maryland One of Several States Looking to Ban “Forever Chemicals”

With toxic chemicals turning up in drinking water throughout Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan recently signed a bill that bans the use of per- and...

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Rochester family raises awareness of omphalocele, a rare birth defect

After trying for three years to conceive, the Lewis family was devastated to learn at their first ultrasound that their baby Leo’s internal organs...

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Students Build Bus Stop for Boy with Spina Bifida

Ryder Killam, a 5-year-old kindergarten student in Westerley, Rhode Island, was born with myelomeningocele, the most severe form of spina bifida....

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How Fracking Can Affect the Health of Infants

Living near a hydraulic fracking site can raise health risks to newborns, with mothers residing within a half mile more likely to give birth to...

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Charlotte Family Raises Awareness About Congenital Heart Defects in Infants

If Breyanna Barton hadn’t taken her daughter, Journi Heggins, for a routine doctor’s appointment about three weeks after she was born, there’s...

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Prevention and Prenatal Care Can Lower the Risk of Birth Defects

About three percent of babies born in the United States each year are affected by birth defects. Birth defects, also called congenital defects or...

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4 Fast Facts on Dangerous PVC in Schools

Exposure to harmful chemicals starts in the womb. What the mother eats and encounters in her everyday life will affect the baby she is carrying....

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