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Birth defect gene is identified
December 22, 2005 (sciencedaily.com)
University of Southern California researchers have developed an animal model
explaining how skull malformations occur and how they might be prevented.
The craniofacial scientists, led by Yang Chai, chairman of the division of
craniofacial sciences and therapeutics in the USC School of Dentistry,
identified the genetic factor leading to malformation of the forehead and
frontal part of the skull.
Chai's group focused on a gene called transforming growth factor-beta.
TGF-beta is known to play an important role in human and animal development.
Warning Over Multi-Vitamin Risk to Unborn Babies
July 20th, 2005 (4ni.co.uk)
An investigation by Trading Standards watchdogs and a birth defects charity
has revealed that many expectant mothers may be harming their unborn children by
taking certain food supplements, including multi-vitamins. The survey found that
many mums-to-be are being misled by inadequate labelling on multi-vitamin
supplements, which fail to warn of the risk of taking vitamin A supplements in
Very Premature Babies Are Still at Risk, Researchers Find
July 20, 2005 (nytimes.com)
Asthma, cerebral palsy, vision and hearing disorders, low I.Q., poor school
performance and social difficulties are among the problems described in The
Journal of the American Medical Association by doctors at Rainbow Babies and
Children's Hospital in Cleveland. Such disabilities were far more common in the
children born prematurely than in normal-weight children from similar
backgrounds. For example, 38 percent of those born prematurely had I.Q.'s below
85, as opposed to 14 percent of the normal-weight children. Among the premature,
21 percent had asthma, compared with 9 percent of those with normal weight.
Toxic Elements Found in Infants' Cord Blood
July 14th, 2005 (palmbeachpost.com)
In a benchmark study released today, researchers found an average of 200
industrial compounds, pollutants and other chemicals in the umbilical cord blood
of newborns, including seven dangerous pesticides — some banned in the United
States more than 30 years ago.
The report, Body Burden — The Pollution in Newborns, by the Washington,
D.C.-based Environmental Working Group, detected 287 chemicals in the umbilical
cord blood of 10 newborns. Of those chemicals, 76 cause cancer in humans or
animals, 94 are toxic to the brain and nervous system and 79 cause birth defects
or abnormal development in animal tests.
Doctors and father face stiffer charges
"Two doctors, Lin Chin-nan and Liu Chi-hwa, had been charged with injury
caused by occupational negligence, but because the girl died yesterday, they
will now be charged with the more serious crime of causing death by occupational
negligence," said the office's spokesman, Lin Pang-liang.
Gene Mutation Linked to Birth Defects
June 17th, 2005 (heart.healthcentersonline.com)
Defects in a critical gene in mice may contribute to the development of a
congenital heart defect similar to a heart defect found in humans. This may help
physicians diagnose and correct at least one form of congenital heart
Congenital heart disease, or cardiac defects that occur before birth, occur
in about one out of 100 infants. They range from mild defects to
life-threatening conditions that will result in death without rapid surgical
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