Birth Defects

June 26, 2012

What You Should Know About Birth Defects

Most expectant parents fantasize about the little life that is on the way. What will baby look like? Will he have mom’s eyes? Or dad’s smile? […]
March 15, 2012

Fetal Exposure to Cellphone Radiation Tied to ADHD-Like Symptoms in Mice

THURSDAY, March 15 (HealthDay News) — In experiments involving mice, fetal exposure to cellphone radiation appeared linked to symptoms in offspring that resemble attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder […]
February 23, 2012

Blood Test Detects Down Syndrome During Pregnancy

THURSDAY, Feb. 23 (HealthDay News) — A second company reports that it has developed a prenatal blood test to detect Down syndrome, potentially providing yet another […]
January 20, 2012

Smoking During Pregnancy Not Linked to Autism

FRIDAY, Jan. 20 (HealthDay News) — Children born to women who smoke during pregnancy are not at increased risk for autism, according to a new study. […]
December 13, 2011

Birth Defects Seem Rare in Kids of Childhood Cancer Survivors

MONDAY, Dec. 12 (HealthDay News) — Children of parents who survived childhood cancer are unlikely to suffer from birth defects, finds a new study that should […]
December 5, 2011

Health Tip: The Risks of Smoking While Pregnant

(HealthDay News) — Smoking can cause serious complications during pregnancy, and can cause life-threatening problems for a baby. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]
December 1, 2011

Studies in Mice May Offer Clues to Cleft Lip

THURSDAY, Dec. 1 (HealthDay News) — The genetic repair of cleft lips in mice embryos could eventually lead to new ways to treat and prevent the […]
November 13, 2011

Babies Put on Transplant List Before Birth Get Hearts Faster

SUNDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) — Unborn babies diagnosed with severe heart problems who are put on the heart transplant list before birth get new hearts […]
November 9, 2011

Maternal Blood Test Might Spot Birth Defects More Safely

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 9 (HealthDay News) — In what a team of scientists says is a first, the researchers appear to have successfully screened for a rare […]
August 22, 2011

Steps Outlined to Screen All Newborns for Heart Defects

MONDAY, Aug. 22 (HealthDay News) — Acting on 2010 U.S. Health and Human Services recommendations, a panel of pediatric and cardiac experts has outlined a strategy […]
May 22, 2011

Genes Tied to Severity of Cystic Fibrosis Identified

SUNDAY, May 22 (HealthDay News) — The severity of cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening hereditary condition that affects the lungs and digestive system, seems to be influenced […]
April 29, 2011

Early Surgery Boosts Outcomes for Babies With Cleft Palate

FRIDAY, April 29 (HealthDay News) — Prenatal diagnosis, early surgery and well-coordinated care by a team of specialists are vital for children born with cleft lip […]
March 31, 2011

Common Birth Defect May Be Linked to Migraine With Aura

THURSDAY, March 31 (HealthDay News) — There may be a link between certain types of migraines in children and a common congenital heart defect, a new […]
March 21, 2011

Newborn Screenings May Miss Hearing Loss in Some Kids

MONDAY, March 21 (HealthDay News) — Newborn hearing screenings don’t detect all children at risk for hearing loss, a new study finds. Researchers in Illinois examined […]
February 10, 2011

Fetal Surgery Could Boost Outcomes in Severe Spina Bifida

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 9 (HealthDay News) — Surgery to address the most serious form of the spinal cord birth defect known as spina bifida may be most […]