Monday January 25, 2010 | Birth Defects Research

January 22, 2010 at 11:05 am | Posted in Coming Up | 6 Comments

A discussion about where North Carolina stands in terms of the prevalence of birth defects. The state ranks high, as 1 in 33 infants in North Carolina have a birth defect. We’ll talk with a professor at UNC Charlotte who studies birth defects and the effort to prevent them, along with other experts, to find out why the rate of birth defects in North Carolina are so high and what people here and nationally are doing to improve the health of infants across the country.
Guests
Anna Bess Brown
– State Program Director for the NC Chapter March of Dimes
Dr. Cynthia Cassell – Ph.D., Asst. Professor, Public Health Sciences at UNC Charlotte
Susan Lynch – Parent of a child with birth defects

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  1. It’s probably due to such a large consumption of man made substances, chemicals in soda, pesticides in foods. And smoking, drugs, and unhealthy foods also contribute to the problem.

  2. I have triplets who are seven years old. They were born at 7 months, and spent about 2 months in a Neonatal Intensive Care unit, due to numerous problems such as heart apnea, underdeveloped lungs, anemia, and too many others to list. They seem fine for the most part now, are healthy strong & smart. However, I have Attention Deficit Disorder, and am beginning to see signs of it in my kids. I know they would need a proper evaluation for this, but are there any organizations that focus on ADD in the area?

  3. PS, I really appreciate the work of the March of Dimes, who supported the Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at my children’s hospital. Thank you!

  4. Please inform Mike and your guests that the term “birth defect” is very offensive to most people in the disability community. Babies are born with a congenital condition. Cars have defects. When we purchase a car with a defect we take it back to the dealer and get another one. We do not take our babies with congenital conditions back to the hospital and receive another one.

  5. Why must we always use euphemisms for the bad things in our lives. Birth defects are birth defects; handicapped people(myself included) are handicapped. Why must we hide these facts. Is it just to make ourselves feel better, to hide guilt, or some other selfish reason??
    A birth defect is what it is. Face it and do what you can to make it better.
    I think the people who adopt handicapped children are heroes dressed as angels. Susan, Hickory, NC

  6. I have dwarfism, with its many concomitant complications. In my case it was induced through gross medical error during tonsillectomy, but people usually assume I was born a “little person.” I heartily agree with Susan Pleasant (You ought to join the Watercooler, Susan.) and disagree with Becky Williams (United Way holier than thou functionary) about terminology. A defect is something that sets you back as compared to others. I have a defect, congenital or not. Haughty language does not alter reality, and a kingdom-built job does not an authority make.


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