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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 […]

Causes, Signs, Diagnosis and Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder of the secretory glands, including the glands that manufacture mucus and sweat. People with cystic fibrosis secrete mucus that is very viscous and sticky. It builds up in the lungs, blocking the airways and providing a home for bacteria. As a result, sufferers have trouble breathing and are prone to lung infections. The mucus also blocks up the pancreatic ducts, which means that the digestive enzymes made by the […]