Urgent global opportunities to prevent birth defects.

  title={Urgent global opportunities to prevent birth defects.},
  author={Vijaya Kancherla and Godfrey P. Oakley and Robert L. Brent},
  journal={Seminars in fetal & neonatal medicine},
  volume={19 3},
Birth defects are an urgent global health priority. They affect millions of births worldwide. But their prevalence and impact are largely under-ascertained, particularly in middle- and low-income countries. Fortunately, a large proportion of birth defects can be prevented. This review examines the global prevalence and primary prevention methods for major preventable birth defects: congenital rubella syndrome, folic acid-preventable spina bifida and anencephaly, fetal alcohol syndrome, Down… CONTINUE READING