Hispanic Babies More Likely to be Born with Neural Tube Defects

June 22, 2014 3:06 PM

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According to a new study, Hispanic women are at an increased risk of delivering babies with serious brain and spinal defects referred to as neural tube defects. The March of Dimes report also found these women more likely to give birth to premature babies than women from other ethnic groups. The March of Dimes is a nonprofit making organization.

Dr. Edward McCabe, senior vice president and March of Dimes’ chief medical officer said that one of the things that caught their eyes is the fact that about 24 percent of all babies born prematurely are Hispanic but Hispanics represent only 17 percent of the entire U.S. population. During the study,...

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