Birth defects experts: Missing skull parts, defects rising and worrying doctors

February 17, 2014 11:42 PM

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Birth defects experts: Missing skull parts, defects rising and worrying doctors

Birth defects experts have recently revealed that a rising number of defects among babies has been hitting rural Washington, with anencephaly — babies born missing brain or skull parts — being a leading problem. This mysterious outbreak of extreme health issues has led health officials to examine what might be causing this worrying trend, though doctors have few leads at this time. NBC News reports this Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, that cases are at an all-time high in the Yakima region in particular, sparking national concern for these children and their families.

According to experts, severe birth defects in Washington have become nothing less than a “cluster” of serious cases that have only risen in the past several years. Both state and federal authorities have not released a specific number of mothers who have recently had babies born with anencephaly, a ...

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