Study Finds Certain Birth Defects are more Common in Hispanics

June 20, 2014 8:33 PM

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Study Finds Certain Birth Defects are more Common in Hispanics

Birth defects can occur due to genetic and environmental reasons. In a new study, researchers examined the incidence rate of certain birth defects. The team found that Hispanic women, in particular, had a higher rate of giving birth to infants with neural tube defects.

"One of the things that caught our eye was, while Hispanics represent 17 percent of the population, 24 percent of premature babies are Hispanic," said Dr. Edward McCabe, senior vice president and chief medical officer of the March of Dimes, a nonprofit organization.

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