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Association of Birth Defect Children. n.d.. National environmental birth defect registry. Orlando, FL: Association of Birth Defect Children, 10 pp.

Annotation: The National Environmental Birth Defect Registry questionnaire was created to collect information about birth defects, learning disabilities, childhood cancers and other childhood disabilities that may be related to environmental (drugs, chemicals, radiation, pesticides) exposures of the mother and/or the father during or before the pregnancy. The survey form has questions pertaining to the nature of the child's disability, background of the mother and father, and environmental exposures to various substances during the pregnancy.

Contact: Birth Defect Research for Children, 800 Celebration Avenue, Suite 225, Celebration, FL 34747, Telephone: (407) 895-0802 Secondary Telephone: (407) 566-8304 Contact Phone: (407) 629-1466 Fax: (407) 895-0824 E-mail: staff@birthdefects.org Web Site: http://www.birthdefects.org Available at no charge.

Keywords: Birth defects, Children with developmental disabilities, Children with special health care needs, Environment, Infants with developmental disabilities, Learning disabilities, National surveys, Registries, Teratology

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Camerlin AJ. 2012. Alaska maternal and child health data book 2012: Birth defects surveillance edition. Anchorage, AK: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology Unit, 57 pp.

Annotation: This book presents an analysis of data from the Alaska Birth Defects Registry (ABDR) from 1996 to 2011 including prevalence estimates, trends, regional distributions, and risk factor analysis. The book is one in a series published annually by the Alaska MCH Epidemiology Unit. The current edition presents birth prevalence of major congenital anomalies reported to the ABDR by birth year, region of maternal residence, and demographic characteristics. Contents include a comparison of the relative distribution of major congenital anomalies within maternal and infant subgroups.

Contact: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Section of Women's, Children's, and Family Health, 3601 C Street, Suite 322, Anchorage, AK 99503-5923, Telephone: (907) 269-3400 Secondary Telephone: (800) 799-7570 Fax: (907) 269-3465 Web Site: http://dhss.alaska.gov/dph/wcfh/Pages/default.aspx Available from the web site.

Keywords: Alaska, Birth defects, Comparative analysis, Data analysis, Epidemiology, Factor analysis, Population surveillance, Registries, State MCH programs, Trends

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Mitchell A. 1995. Preconceptional Vitamin Use and Neural Tube Defects [Final report]. Brookline, MA: Boston University School of Medicine, 27 pp.

Annotation: This study sought to establish the potential benefit of preconceptional vitamin supplementation in reducing the incidence of neural tube defects (NTDs), and examined some of the potential hazards of excessive preconceptional vitamin supplementation. The primary hypotheses were: (l) Multivitamin supplementation in the month immediately preceding the last menstrual period (LMP) is associated with a 50 percent reduction in NTDs; and (2) folate supplementation in the month immediately preceding the LMP is associated with a 50 percent reduction in NTDs. A secondary hypothesis was that excessive supplementation with vitamins or minerals in the month either preceding or including conception or in the months following conception increases the risk of selected birth defects. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Technical Information Service, 5301 Shawnee Road, Alexandria, VA 22312, Telephone: (703) 605-6050 Secondary Telephone: (888) 584-8332 E-mail: customerservice@ntis.gov Web Site: http://www.ntis.gov/Index.aspx Document Number: NTIS PB96-183413.

Keywords: Birth Defects, High risk groups, High risk mothers, Nutrition, Spina Bifida

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Waisbren S. 1993. Study of Psychosocial Factors in Maternal Phenylketonuria [Final report]. Boston, MA: Boston Children's Hospital, 43 pp.

Annotation: Women with phenylketonuria (PKU) are at risk for bearing children with mental retardation and/or physical disabilities. Dietary treatment during pregnancy, if initiated prior to conception, offers protection to the fetus. Many women seek medical attention after they are pregnant, however. The investigators in this study posited that psychosocial factors determine when a young woman with PKU is likely to plan her pregnancy and comply with medical recommendations for treatment. This 3-year prospective longitudinal study tested these assumptions using a stage model of decision making. The findings clearly indicate that specific psychosocial factors predict adherence to medical recommendations in maternal PKU. The two most important factors were social support and positive attitudes toward treatment. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Technical Information Service, 5301 Shawnee Road, Alexandria, VA 22312, Telephone: (703) 605-6050 Secondary Telephone: (888) 584-8332 E-mail: customerservice@ntis.gov Web Site: http://www.ntis.gov/Index.aspx Document Number: NTIS PB95-209144.

Keywords: Birth Defects, Diabetes, High risk groups, High risk pregnancy, Mental Retardation, Nutrition, Phenylketonuria (PKU), Pregnant Women, Women

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Yerby M. 1990. Epilepsy in Pregnancy: Developmental Followup of Infants: [Final report]. Seattle, WA: University of Washington, 35 pp.

Annotation: This project studied the effects of epilepsy on pregnancy outcomes. The purpose of the study was to: (1) Examine the outcome of infants exposed in utero to antiepileptic drugs and/or to maternal seizures, and compare their outcome to that of a group of infants without such exposure; and (2) look for correlates in pregnancy (i.e., seizure type and frequency, and antiepileptic drug use) that may predict adverse outcome. A group of pregnant women with epilepsy, a group of nonepileptic pregnant women, and the case and control infants were followed for a period of three years. Case children had a statistically significant higher mean number of minor anomalies per child (5.05) than the control children (3.65). Given the results of the study, with similar rates of malformations with exposure to the common antiepileptic drugs, it was suggested that maternal antiepileptic drugs be chosen for the most effective maternal seizure control. Further research is needed to address the neurodevelopmental effects of these medications. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: National Technical Information Service, 5301 Shawnee Road, Alexandria, VA 22312, Telephone: (703) 605-6050 Secondary Telephone: (888) 584-8332 E-mail: customerservice@ntis.gov Web Site: http://www.ntis.gov/Index.aspx Document Number: NTIS PB92-135870.

Keywords: Bayley Scales, Birth Defects, Breastfeeding, Child Development, Epilepsy, High risk infants, High risk mothers, High risk pregnancy, Neuromotor Status, Parent-Child Interaction, Pregnant Women, Seizures, Stanford-Binet IV

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California State Department of Health Services, Genetic Disease Branch. 1988. The California AFP screening program. Berkeley, CA: California State Department of Health, Genetic Disease Branch, 28 pp.

Annotation: This flip chart discusses the alpha-fetoprotein blood test which is used during the fourth month of pregnancy and illustrates birth defects which the test can detect. It is printed in English and Spanish and also available in Chinese, Korean, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian.

Contact: California Department of Public Health, Genetic Disease Screening Program, 850 Marina Bay Parkway, F175, Berkeley, CA 94804, Telephone: (510) 412-1502 Web Site: http://www.cdph.ca.gov/programs/GDSP/Pages/default.aspx Price unknown.

Keywords: Alpha fetoprotein test, Amniocentesis, Asian language materials, Birth defects, Down syndrome, Mental retardation, Non English language materials, Screening tests, Spanish language materials, Spina bifida

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Haddow JE, Macri JN (Eds.). 1978. Proceedings of the second Scarborough conference: Alpha-fetoprotein screening in pregnancy. Scarborough, ME: Foundation For Blood Research, 185 pp.

Annotation: The second Scarborough conference was held September 5-7, 1978. The conference included the following main topics: alpha-fetoprotein serum screening and the obstetrical patient; quality control of the screening process; risks of amniocentesis; further diagnostic procedures; the relationship between alpha-fetoprotein screening and low birthweight or prematurity; clinical applicability of low birthweight prediction, and twin identification using the screening process.

Keywords: Amniocentesis, Low birthweight, Neural tube defects, Prenatal diagnosis, Preterm birth, Screening

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