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Do you need carrier screening?

Do you need carrier screening?

Recently the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) updated their recommendations for carrier screening. A gene is a part of your body’ ...
TTC? Should you change your diet?

TTC? Should you change your diet?

If you’re trying to conceive (TTC) or thinking about getting pregnant soon, don’t wait until you get a positive pregnancy test to make changes to your ...
Researchers identify a new form of muscular dystrophy

Researchers identify a new form of muscular dystrophy

Researchers, funded in part by the March of Dimes, have identified a genetic mutation which causes a new form of muscular dystrophy (MD). This partic ...
Is the Zika virus affecting babies in the U.S.?

Is the Zika virus affecting babies in the U.S.?

Short answer…Yes. The CDC just released a report that measured the number of brain related birth defects in the U.S. before and after the arrival o ...
Why do we have World Birth Defects Day?

Why do we have World Birth Defects Day?

In a day and age when many cures exist for diseases and conditions, it may seem hard to believe that birth defects still occur. Yet, unfortunately the ...
Rare Disease Day is February 28th.  What makes a disorder rare?

Rare Disease Day is February 28th. What makes a disorder rare?

Any disease, disorder, illness or condition affecting fewer than 200,000 people in the U.S. is considered rare. The National Organization for Rare Dis ...
It’s not too late to get a flu shot

It’s not too late to get a flu shot

You may think that flu season is almost over, but that is not the case. Flu activity is still increasing across the country and it is expected to cont ...
New research links premature birth to mom’s risk of heart disease later in life

New research links premature birth to mom’s risk of heart disease later in life

This headline has raised concerns among women who have had a premature baby (birth before 37 weeks) - and for good reason. In a published study, re ...
Why reading aloud to your baby is so important

Why reading aloud to your baby is so important

Did you know that reading to your baby helps promote language skills? Science has shown that reading to your baby helps build vocabulary, speech, and ...
Fish safety during pregnancy: what to eat or avoid

Fish safety during pregnancy: what to eat or avoid

Mercury is a metal that can harm your baby. Fish get mercury from the water they swim in and from eating other fish that have mercury in them. By eati ...