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Report: 8 million born with birth defects yearly. About 70 percent of cases can be prevented, repaired or improved
About 8 million children worldwide are born every year with serious birth defects, many of them dying before age 5 in a toll largely hidden from view, the March of Dimes says. ...Most birth defects occur in poor countries, where babies can languish with problems easily fixed or even prevented in wealthier nations, according to research released Monday by the organization. ...But the researchers said some innovative programs in Iran and Chile show that effective preventions don’t have to be costly. ...Indeed, about 70 percent of birth defects could be either prevented, repaired or ameliorated, they concluded.
“We were surprised by the toll,” said epidemiologist Christopher Howson with the March of Dimes, which sponsored the five-year project after doctors complained that birth defects often are ignored as a public health problem.
“It’s like the tip of an iceberg that is rising out of the ocean,” noticed only after infant mortality from other causes drops, he said. ...“Most people think of birth defects as something that is not preventable,” said Dr. Jose Cordero, the U.S. assistant surgeon general and birth defects chief at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “There are great opportunities to ensure that babies are born healthy.” ...Some 7.9 million children a year are born with serious birth defects caused at least partly by a genetic flaw, such as heart defects, spina bifida and other neural tube defects, sickle cell anemia and Down syndrome. ...At least 3.3 million children under age 5 die each year because of birth defects, and millions more are mentally or physically disabled. ...Prevalence ranges from a high of 82 defects per 1,000 live births in Sudan to a low of 39.7 per 1,000 in France.
Originally posted by soficrow
47.8 babies out of 1000 born in the USA have birth defects. The rate in war torn countries is higher, perhaps due to contamination by depleted uranium. "Prevalence ranges from a high of 82 defects per 1,000 live births in Sudan to a low of 39.7 per 1,000 in France," reports MSN. In Iraq, 75.2 of 1000 newborns have birth defects, and 74.9 of 1000 Afghani babies do. Many babies with birth defects die before the age of five, but the fact that these fatalities are linked to birth defects is hidden from view.
Originally posted by Hamburglar
Finally, as to this problem being "hidden from view," I doubt the veracity of that claim as well. I base this simply on the fact that your source is a major mainstream media outlet, suggestive of the fact that this issue is, in fact, not being "hidden from view."