Birth Injury

Can Fracking Cause Birth Defects?

Two medical doctors have written an article about the health dangers of fracking, including the threat it poses to reproductive health. Fracking is a new oil and gas drilling process that can expose chemicals to the air. The University of Missouri-Columbia estimates that 15 million Americans live within a mile of a fracking area. This…

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When is National Birth Defects Prevention Month?

This month we celebrate National Birth Defects Prevention Month. The National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN) has set the 2015 theme as “Making Healthy Choices to Prevent Birth Defects—Make a PACT for Prevention.” The anagram within the theme, “PACT,” stands for the following: (P)lan ahead (A)void harmful substances (C)hoose a healthy lifestyle (T)alk to your…

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Can Coal Ash Cause Birth Defects?

Kim Brewer is a mother of a family of four children living in North Carolina. Her two oldest children were born without birth defects, but her two children that were born after she moved to Dukeville, North Carolina were born with birth defects due to environmental factors. One daughter has chiari malformation and the other…

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What is Craniosynostosis?

Kase Johnstun has been conducting research by interviewing the mothers of children with craniosynostosis. This condition occurs when the fibrous sutures fuse prematurely in the infant’s skull, restricting the growth of the brain. It can lead to visual or mental impairments, as well as head and facial abnormalities. Johnstun was also born with craniosynostosis, but…

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Can Marijuana and Recreational Drug Use Cause Birth Defects?

A new study across the pond is linking recreational drug use to birth defects. This University College London (UCL) study is important to Americans at this time, as the debate on marijuana use is becoming increasingly common in state and national politics. In some states, this recreational drug can now be used legally. As such,…

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How Does Hypothermia Therapy Help Babies Born with HIE?

Hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE) is an especially traumatic birth injury. It occurs when the brain does not receive enough oxygen, such as when the umbilical cord is wrapped around a baby’s neck or if there is some sort of other major complication in childbirth. Sometimes this error is the fault of the hospital, in which…

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What is Prematurity Awareness Day?

The fourth annual World Prematurity Day occurred on November 17. The goal of it is to raise awareness about the 15 million babies born preterm. In the Sunshine State, more than 15 locations will shine a purple light for this day. In Florida, 13.6 percent of babies are born premature, according to the March of…

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What Did the Florida Court Rule Regarding Birth Injury Cases?

Recently, the Florida Supreme Court upheld a limit on how much state-funded compensation parents could receive in a birth-related injury case. The case was brought up because a couple of parents did not find it fair that they would have to split $100,000, whereas a single parent would receive the full $100,000. The reason the…

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Can Someone with a Birth Injury Have a Fulfilling Life?

Panama City, Florida is holding a 140.6-mile Ironman competition. Ordinarily, we would not discuss such an event. However, we have a special reason for mentioning this race. One of the participants, Kyle Pease, was born with cerebral palsy. Despite his setback, Kyle has accomplished a feat that many people born without a birth injury never…

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