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Posts Tagged ‘birth defects’

Researchers Perform World’s First Stem Cell Treatment During Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida

Stem Cell Treatment for Spina Bifida

Researchers Perform World’s First Stem Cell Treatment During Fetal Surgery for Spina Bifida

News of a wanted pregnancy can be the most wonderful of tidings an expectant couple can get. In most cases, that joy continues throughout the pregnancy. However, some expectant and new parents get news of birth defects, such as spina bifida, that can dampen their joy.

Doctors and medical researchers continually work to create treatments that can help minimize the effects of these birth...

Carcinogen Exposure Continues to Plague Boeing

Hexavalent Chromium Exposure

Carcinogen Exposure Continues to Plague Boeing

Workers expect their employers to keep them safe on the job. Although many industries use hazardous chemicals in their processes, companies are expected to minimize the harm caused by these chemicals by providing proper protective equipment and replacing the most dangerous chemicals with less-dangerous alternatives when possible.

Recent revelations about worker carcinogen exposure show...

Pesticides and Other Toxins Found in School Meals

Toxins in School Meals

Pesticides and Other Toxins Found in School Meals

More than 30 million school meals are served each school day to students throughout the United States. But how healthy are these meals?

Moms Across America (MAA) recently published information about what’s in the food served to elementary and high school students, showing that these growing children probably aren’t getting what they need to sustain them through a day of school and...

Environmental Racism & The Impact on Cancer

Environmental Racism and Health Impact

Environmental Racism & The Impact on Cancer

Race can be related to health outcomes. Black and Indigenous women have higher maternal mortality rates. Black and Hispanic Americans are more likely to be uninsured. Asian Americans are more likely to get liver cancer. Native Hawaiians are more likely to die of cancer than any other ethnicity in Hawai’i. Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Hispanic, and Black people are more likely to die...

Forever Chemical Exposure Leads to Low Sperm Count

Forever chemical exposure

Forever Chemical Exposure Leads to Low Sperm Count

A mother’s exposure to toxic “forever chemicals” early in her pregnancy can lead to lower sperm count and sperm mobility later in her son’s life, according to a new study that is the first to examine exposure during early pregnancy to more than two PFAS compounds.

“It makes sense that exposure to substances that mimic and interfere with the hormones involved in this delicate...

Common Painkillers Used During Pregnancy Can Harm Babies

Painkillers during pregnancy

Common Painkillers Used During Pregnancy Can Harm Babies

Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it’s also a physically challenging time for the many women plagued by aches and pains often experienced by expectant mothers. From abdominal cramping to ligament pain to headaches, there’s no question that pregnancy can exact a toll on a woman’s body.

That’s why it isn’t uncommon for moms-to-be to turn to over-the-counter painkillers to cope...

“Botox for Your Lawn”: Pesticides, Cancer & Golf Courses

Pesticides and Golf Courses

“Botox for Your Lawn”: Pesticides, Cancer & Golf Courses

In 2021, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned the use of the herbicide paraquat on golf courses because of health concerns. But paraquat, an herbicide that has been linked to Parkinson’s disease, is only one of many pesticides used to maintain the pristine verdure of golf courses.

For example, the herbicide 2,4-D continues to be used widely on golf courses,...

Internal Files Reveal Boeing Doctor Warned of Toxic Risks, Birth Defects

Boeing Toxic Risks Warning

Internal Files Reveal Boeing Doctor Warned of Toxic Risks, Birth Defects

In 1980, a top doctor at Boeing warned company leadership that tens of thousands of workers in the Puget Sound region were being exposed to toxic chemical mixtures that were “probably hazardous” and “certainly uncontrolled.” His warning, however, went unheeded by the company’s president at the time. The ripple effect of this failure to respond has been significant, with families...

Prenatal Opioid Use May Adversely Impact Children Later in Life

Prenatal Opioid Use Impact

Prenatal Opioid Use May Adversely Impact Children Later in Life

According to a new study, opioid use during pregnancy may have a negative neurological or behavioral impact on children later in life. While previous studies have drawn a link between prenatal opioid use and adverse health outcomes in infants, the University of Missouri study found that exposure to opioids in utero can have damaging long-term effects on children, potentially impacting them...

Born with Heart Defect, Boeing Worker’s Child Says, “It Was Just How I Had to Live”

Birth Defects from Boeing Chemicals

Born with Heart Defect, Boeing Worker’s Child Says, “It Was Just How I Had to Live”

Marie Riley, 42, was born with a defective heart that has caused numerous health challenges, along with several surgeries, including two open-heart surgeries.

“Riley has a set of four heart defects, known collectively as Tetralogy of Fallot,” according to an article on HeraldNet.com.

It wasn’t until six years ago that she even thought about why she has a heart condition....

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