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Birth Defects

How Zika Presents a Teachable Moment for Caring for Children with Disabilities

Deborah Klein Walker | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Deborah Klein Walker

The growing number of cases of microcephaly, caused by congenital Zika infection, has been declared a "Public Health Emergency of International Concern" by the World Health Organization (WHO). Officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have warned that "everything we look at with this virus seems to be a bit scarier than we originally thought."

It's Official: Zika Virus Causes Microcephaly, Other Birth Defects

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 04.14.2016 | Healthy Living

Zika virus is the cause of microcephaly and other fetal brain defects, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed Wednesday. While ...

The Rise of Zika

Medical Discovery News | Posted 04.06.2016 | Science
Medical Discovery News

Have you noticed in the past few years, we seem to be continuously assaulted by microbial menaces? The latest is one that we are beginning to know well is Zika.

Zika Virus May Cause A Host Of Birth Defects In Babies Exposed In Utero

LiveScience.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.07.2016 | Healthy Living

By: Rachael Rettner and Karen Rowan Published: 03/05/2016 02:00 PM EST on LiveScience Pregnant women who become infected with Zika virus may be at ris...

Lucky to Be Alive: Zika Coverage, Ableism, and the Terror of Disabled Bodies

Karrie Higgins | Posted 02.05.2016 | Healthy Living
Karrie Higgins

I am pro-choice. I am not talking about choice. I am talking about how it feels as a disabled person to witness panic about disabled bodies coming into this world. 

What You Need To Know About The Zika Virus

Vincent Racaniello | Posted 02.01.2016 | Healthy Living
Vincent Racaniello

The rapid spread of Zika virus through the Americas, together with the association of infection with microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, have propelled this previously ignored virus into the limelight. So what is this virus and where did it come from?

Colombia Advises Women To Delay Pregnancy During Zika Outbreak

Reuters | Anna Almendrala | Posted 01.21.2016 | Healthy Living

BOGOTA (Reuters) - The mosquito-borne Zika virus has already infected more than 13,500 people in Colombia and could hit as many as 700,000, the health...

We Need To Take Action Against Zika Virus Now, U.S. Experts Say

LiveScience.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 01.15.2016 | Healthy Living

By: Mindy Weisberger Published: 01/15/2016 02:34 AM EST on LiveScience The rapid spread of a disease called Zika virus urgently requires attention, tw...

What You Need To Know About The Zika Virus

LiveScience.com | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.16.2015 | Healthy Living

By: Mindy Weisberger Published: 12/16/2015 10:51 AM EST on LiveScience Infections with Zika virus, which is carried by mosquitos, are on the rise acro...

Agent Orange: Terrible Legacy of the Vietnam War

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Although U.S. veterans of the Vietnam War have received some compensation for Agent Orange-related illnesses, the Vietnamese people have never seen a dime.

30 Years Later, Cher's Mask Still Hits Home

Shannon Wrzesinski | Posted 06.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Shannon Wrzesinski

I have a condition called microtia. I'm grateful for wonderful biopics like Mask that give us a glimpse into other people's lives, and serve to inspire us. When you're a child born with a birth defect, whether it's severe like Rocky's or not, there are three things you learn early in life.

Part II: When Mad Men Met a Sedative -- False Hype, Fake Numbers and Untold Birth Defects

Eileen Cronin | Posted 11.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Eileen Cronin

While this chapter of FDA history is behind us, the damages of thalidomide's "clinical trials" continue to reveal themselves more than 50 years later.

Part I: When Mad Men Met a Sedative -- How U.S. Doctors Were Duped Into Doling Out a Toxic Drug

Eileen Cronin | Posted 11.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Eileen Cronin

In part one of our follow-up series on thalidomide, we focus on the pseudo "clinical trials" and gross negligence of Richardson-Merrell, which distributed thalidomide to 1,267 U.S. physicians.

Yagana Shah

How Smoking During Pregnancy Affects Grandchildren's Growth

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.19.2014 | Fifty

You know that it's really bad for your kids if you smoke while pregnant. But the consequences of smoking during pregnancy actually last more than just...

Return of the Weasels

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

America is still struggling to live up to its creed enunciated in the Declaration of Independence and overcome its huge birth defects built into the implementation of our political and economic system.

Birth Defect In Washington State Babies Stumps Scientists

Posted 05.16.2014 | Parents

BY JONATHAN KAMINSKY OLYMPIA Wash. Wed May 14, 2014 6:51pm EDT (Reuters) - An alarming number of babies in a rural swath of central Washington sta...

Rare Birth Defect Cases Common Among Hispanics Here

VOXXI | Hope Gillette | Posted 04.28.2014 | Latino Voices

The majority of the population in Central Washington’s Yakima, Benton and Franklin counties is Hispanic, and it is within these counties that a rare...

A Mother's Advice to Her Graduating Son

Amy Roost | Posted 06.01.2014 | Fifty
Amy Roost

I received a text from my son in the middle of the night. It read, "I love you." My first thought was to text back: "Are you okay?!" And then I remembered. He's on mile 26 of a marathon.

Birth Defects In Rural Washington Stun Experts

The Huffington Post | Tyler McCarthy | Posted 02.23.2014 | Parents

A group of small communities in central Washington may be facing a very big problem. Doctors there are baffled by a cluster of local cases involvin...

Cosmetic Surgery

Robert Koehler | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The unforgivable sin of the Post's pro-war blather about our vital interests -- democratic values be damned -- is the utter dismissal of the harm we inflicted on Fallujah, Ramadi and all of Iraq in pursuit of them, and the smug acknowledgement only of American loss and "sacrifice."

Iraqi Birth Defects Covered Up?

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
The Center for Constitutional Rights

by Jeena Shah, cooperating attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, which helped to launch the Right to Heal initiative. This week, one of...

We Latinos Better Learn This Word: Fracking

Javier Sierra | Posted 09.17.2013 | Green
Javier Sierra

Big Oil and Big Gas have been conducting the biggest land-grab in the state's modern history, buying up water and oil rights on tens of thousands of acres of both private and public land. Much of this land-grab is occurring above an area of oil and gas deposits known as the Monterey Shale.

STUDY: Spontaneous Gene Mutations Linked To Heart Defects

Posted 05.14.2013 | Parents

By: Bahar Gholipour Published: 05/13/2013 04:07 PM EDT on LiveScience Mutations in genes that occur spontaneously may contribute to congenital h...

Traffic Pollution Linked to Birth Defects

Molly Rauch | Posted 07.06.2013 | Green
Molly Rauch

A new study suggests that traffic pollution may also harm babies before they are born. Moms in California's polluted San Joaquin Valley who breathed traffic pollution early in their pregnancies were more likely to have babies with birth defects compared to moms who breathed less traffic pollution.

China: Asia's Toothless Paper Tiger

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Jeff Schweitzer

Just as we overlooked the structural flaws in the Japanese economy during Japan's rapid rise, so too are we blind to limiting and deep-seated constraints in China that will prove to be inherent brakes on growth.