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Common Types of Birth Defects

A birth defect is any physical or mental disabling or fatal abnormality in function, structure or metabolism that is present at birth. To date, medical science has identified thousands of different birth defects, ranging in severity from very minor to life-threatening. Around 3% of all newborns have some kind of birth defect. Birth defects account for more than 20% of all infant deaths and are thus the most common cause of infant death during the […]

Consequences of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Even if you firmly believe in health benefits of alcohol consumption do not, for the sake of your child, drink during pregnancy. If you consume alcohol during pregnancy, you may be putting your unborn child at high risk for fetal alcohol syndrome. The disturbing consequences can include various physical and mental birth defects, delayed development and possible lifelong abnormalities. Fetal alcohol syndrome is one hundred percent preventable and can be avoided if a mother abstains […]

What is Triple X Syndrome?

Triple X syndrome is a genetic disorder that only affects women. It does not always cause symptoms but sometimes it can result in certain physical characteristics/problems, such as taller than average height, a small head, poor motor skills, learning disabilities or behavioral problems and infertility. Women with triple X syndrome have a third X chromosome in each cell. Sometimes every cell in the body is affected and sometimes only a percentage of cells have three […]

Causes, Symptoms and Diagnosis of Down Syndrome

Down syndrome is a genetic disorder where typically there are 47 chromosomes instead of the 46 seen in normal people. Down syndrome is the most common form of cognitive impairment. It causes mild to moderate learning disabilities and developmental delays. People with Down syndrome are noticeable due to the characteristic facial features like flattened nose, short neck, and eyes slanting upwards. Fast Facts about Down Syndrome Down syndrome is a genetic disorder with typically 47 […]

Causes, Signs and Diagnosis of Birth Defects

Birth defects are sometimes referred to as congenital disorders or congenital anomalies. These defects are present when a baby is born or develop within the first month of birth. There are many kinds of birth defects, ranging from physical problems such hole in the heart and cleft palate, to degenerative diseases such as muscular dystrophy and nervous system/brain disorders like Down syndrome. In the United States, birth defects are the most common cause of death […]