Childbearing women on painkillers face double risk of birth defects

 Woman of childbearing age, who use doctor prescribed painkillers, face two times risk of serious birth defects in babies.

Recreational drug use linked to birth defects

Babies born to mothers who used recreational drugs during pregnancy are more likely to have birth defects in the brain, said a study.

Delhi HC notice over health policies for babies with birth defects

The Delhi High Court Wednesday issued notice to the central government on a petition seeking that the necessary health policies by insurance companies or health schemes by government bodies be made available for babies with birth defects.

New genetic cause of male reproductive birth defects revealed

Researchers have defined a previously unrecognized genetic cause for two types of birth defects found in newborn boys.

UV exposure lowers folic acid level in young women: Study

Women who are pregnant or planning for pregnancy may be at risk of losing folic acid through exposure to the sun, Australian researchers warned Wednesday.

Take folic acid before pregnancy to help prevent birth defects

A new study suggests that women who are trying to get pregnant are not consuming enough folic acid supplements to protect their unborn child from birth defects.

Drinking during pregnancy could lead to badly behaved kid

A new study has suggested that indulging in a drinking binge even once during pregnancy could have long lasting effects on the child’s behaviour in later years.

Top 5 health benefits of folic acid (Vitamin B Complex)

Folic acid is basically a member of the Vitamin B family. It has immense health benefits and plays a vital role in DNA synthesis, repairing of skin cells, maintaining healthy skin and memory and what not.

Binge drinking women face risk of birth defects

Women who do binge drinking face a risk of birth defects known as fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) that leads to growth retardation, head and face abnormalities and neurological problems.

Obesity linked to increasing pregnancy deaths

A new study has suggested that rising obesity is leading to more deaths of pregnant women and an increase in birth defects.

Eat Brussels sprouts to boost your chances of having a baby

Eating Brussels sprouts can boost fertility in both men and women, a UK nutritionist says.

Marriage between first cousins ups risk of having baby with birth defects

The chances of having a baby with potentially life-threatening birth defects doubles in case of `first cousin marriages`, a study has revealed.

Taking folic acid, vitamin B12 prevents birth defects

Mothers-to-be have been advised to take vitamin B12 to prevent their children developing birth defects such as spina bifida.

Alcohol causes `more than one pattern of birth defects`

In a new study, researchers have tried to shed light on alcohol-related birth defects.

Fertility injections `linked to birth defects in children`

Infertile men, please note -- fertility jabs may be harmful for your future child.

Birth defects more common in IVF babies: Study

Babies conceived through certain fertility treatment techniques are about one-third more likely to have a birth defect than babies conceived without any extra help from technology, according to a review of several dozen studies.

Common parasite linked to severe birth defects

Scientists have identified specific strains of the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, which may account for premature births and severe birth defects

Birth defect causes `unlocked`

Researchers have long suspected that genes or environmental factors play a role in causing birth defects.

Pollutants increase risk of birth defects

Pesticides and coal and oil pollutants increase the risk of certain birth defects.

Healthy diet tied to fewer birth defects

Women who eat a better diet leading up to pregnancy are less likely to have babies with birth defects.