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Two major factors linked to birth defects confirmed
Two major factors linked to birth defects confirmed (August 2, 2013 - Insidermedicine) From the UK - A new report published in the Lancet identifies two major factors associated with birth defects. Researchers reviewed data on over 11,000 babies born in the city of Bradford. Roughly 3% of these babies had a birth defect--nearly 2x the national rate. Results confirmed that the two main factors associated with birth defects were being born to an older mother and being born to parents who areĀ  blood relatives. These results are particularly important as over 1 billion people of the Earth's population live in communities where consanguineous marriage is common.
 
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