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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 […]

What is Fragile X Syndrome?

Fragile X syndrome (also known as Martin-Bell syndrome, Escalante’s syndrome or simply FXS) is a genetic disorder and it is the most common cause of inherited mental disability. It is more common in boys than in girls. The cognitive effects of fragile X syndrome vary from person to person, and range from mild learning disabilities to severe mental retardation. Fragile X is one of the most common known reasons for autism and its associated social, […]