Birth Defect Research

The National Birth Defect Registry data has been used to evaluate several national birth defect issues.

See the reports below with details on how our registry has been used for birth defect research.

  • Gastroschisis

    This stomach defect is increasing in reporting systems around the world. BDRC worked with Dr. Niel Dalal at the University of Texas on this study of 252 gastroschisis cases in …

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  • Autistic Spectrum Disorders

    This report that was presented at a national conference on autism in Chicago provides data about the high frequency of physical defects among children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders in an …

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  • Alaska

    The Alaska Community Action on Toxics asked BDRC to participate in a conference call with Dr. Ted Schettler, Alaska Native community representatives and others concerned about a report from the …

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  • Joplin, MO

    The United Steelworkers asked BDRC to review birth defect data from Joplin, MO. The incidence of birth defects in Joplin was higher than the county and the state of Missouri. …

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  • Dickson, Tennessee

    We assisted the community of Dickson, Tennessee in identifying a cluster of cleft palate cases associated with a solvent (TCE) leaking into their water supply from an old landfill. The …

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  • Gulf War Birth Defects

    Registry data found an increase in a cranial-facial birth defect called Goldenhar Syndrome in the children of veterans who served in the first Gulf War. A study published in Teratology …

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  • Agent Orange

    Registry data have found a consistent pattern of increases in immune, endocrine, skin, allergic and learning problems in the children of Vietnam veterans who served “in-country”. These data are consistent …

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  • Bendectin

    This antinauseant medication was removed from the world market in 1982. Registry data have found patterns of increases in limb reduction defects, oral clefts and diaphragmatic hernias. These data are …

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