Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities
Below are links to information related to birth defects and developmental disabilities. Click on the right menu or scroll down to view general information and programs, research, statistics and guidelines on this topic.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (12/29/2011)
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs) are a group of conditions that can occur in a person whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. Learn more about signs, treatments, and what you can do about FASDs.
Women with Disabilities and Breast Cancer (11/3/2011)
Women with disabilities are also at risk of breast cancer. If you are between 40-49, talk with your doctor about getting a mammogram. If you're 50-74, get a mammogram every 2 years.
Mammography Use and Women with Disabilities (6/15/2011)
This fact sheet provides state, district and territory based health indicator data to demonstrate health disparities among people with disabilities. In most states, there is a difference in mammography rates by disability status, suggesting a disparity in access to preventive services.
Women can help prevent some serious birth defects of their baby’s brain and spine even before they are pregnant by taking 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day.
Grand Rounds: Additional Opportunities to Prevent Neural Tube Defects
with Folic Acid Fortification
Neural tube defects (NTDs) are serious birth defects that result from the failure of the neural tube to close in the cranial region (anencephaly) or more caudally along the spine (spina bifida) by the 28th day of gestation.
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