PALOCH, South Sudan (AP) — The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits, the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals,...
PALOCH, South Sudan (AP) — The oil industry in South Sudan has left a landscape pocked with hundreds of open waste pits, the water and soil contaminated with toxic chemicals and heavy metals...
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota charity event turned into worldwide inspiration when a 4-year-old boy performed his favorite trampoline act in his wheelchair.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — What better way to celebrate American Heart Month and Valentine's Day than receiving a gift from the heart?
Rather, for the heart.
The Little Hats, Big Hearts program, sponsored by the American Heart Association, distributes little, red, handmade hats to babies born in February. The effort aims to spark conversations about congenital heart defects in newborn babies.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — More than 3,000 babies born in Indiana during the month of February will receive reds hats courtesy of the American Heart Association's "Little Hats, Big Hearts" program.
Heart association staff is delivering the tiny hats to more than 30 hospitals across the state this week. The hats were knitted or crocheted by more than 200 volunteers.
NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials are looking into a possible link between prescription opioids and a horrific birth defect.
When a baby is born with its intestines hanging outside the stomach, due to a hole in the abdominal wall, it's called gastroschisis. Most are repaired through surgery.
Roughly 1,800 such cases are seen in the U.S. each year, but the number has been rising and officials don't know why.
MAPLETON, Utah (AP) — A Utah woman with a rare birth defect has teamed up with a teenage star from the Netflix show "Stranger Things" to start a group to bring awareness to the bone disorder they both have.
Utah County nurse practitioner Kelly Wosnik and actor Gaten Matarazzo both were born with a rare birth defect called cleidocranial dysplasia, or CCD, the Deseret News reported .
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Carolina Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal and his wife say their infant daughter died of a terminal birth defect.
The team released a statement Wednesday from Staal and his wife, Heather. The Hurricanes announced Hannah's death Sunday, though they didn't publicly reveal the cause.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Before Dana Kiley was born 38 years ago, her parents didn't know she had a cleft lip and palate. Kiley would go on to have 18 surgeries to correct the birth defect.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor coach Kim Mulkey is preparing to become a grandmother for the first time, exciting news for her that is tempered by word that the unborn child is dealing with two major birth defects.
Makenzie Fuller, in her third season on her mother's staff at Baylor after being a four-year letterwinner for the Lady Bears, is 18 weeks pregnant with a due date in April.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Thousands of women marched through the streets of Rio de Janeiro on Monday to protest a recent congressional committee vote to make abortion illegal without exception in Brazil.
Many protesters carried their children in their arms or on their shoulders, shouting: "Our bodies are ours!" Some scuffles broke out between protesters and police when the march reached the Rio state legislature. Police fired tear gas, but calm soon returned.
SAO PAULO (AP) — A congressional committee has voted to make abortion illegal without exception in Brazil.
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — State health officials investigating a cluster of fatal birth defects in central Washington have not been able to identify a cause for most of the cases.
The Yakima Herald-Republic says (https://goo.gl/e5Uhm7) that the state Department of Health concluded that there was no sole factor to blame for the elevated rates of the anencephaly, a rare neural tube defect.
NETTLETON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi baby is home after having open-heart surgery to correct some birth defects. She faces another surgery in the coming months.
Malaysia Hills is 2 months old, and her grandmother, Minnie Moore, says the family considers her "our little miracle."
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Zika virus may not seem as big a threat as last summer but don't let your guard down — especially if you're pregnant or trying to be.
While cases of the birth defect-causing virus have dropped sharply from last year's peak in parts of Latin America and the Caribbean, Zika hasn't disappeared from the region and remains a potential threat.
WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — More than 10 high school students from the Wichita area have been retrofitting toy ride-on cars for children with disabilities including spina bifida, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and dystonia.
NEW YORK (AP) — A report released Thursday shows Zika had about the same impact on birth defects in Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories as it did in other places hit by the epidemic.
About 1 in 20 women infected with Zika had babies with birth defects in U.S. territories, according to the report. That's similar to what was seen in the rest of the United States and in Latin America and the Caribbean in the last two years.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Seven babies have been born in Florida with birth defects linked to the Zika virus.
The Orlando Sentinel (http://bit.ly/2raUJdJ ) reports that State Surgeon General Dr. Celeste Philip told Orlando-area officials Tuesday that seven babies with Zika-related neurological conditions have been born in Florida since June 2016.
The hole-in-the-heart problem that plagues comedian Jimmy Kimmel's newborn son is one of the most common heart-related birth defects, and it usually can be fixed with surgery.
Some people even live with it for several years before it's detected although the Kimmel baby's is the most severe form and was noticed just a few hours after his birth in Los Angeles on April 21.
Parents Praise Kimmel for Raising Awareness
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health officials have begun enrolling volunteers for critical next-stage testing of an experimental vaccine to protect against Zika, the mosquito-borne virus that can cause devastating birth defects in pregnant women.
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Legislation to increase awareness about a virus that is one of the leading causes of birth defects and a threat to patients with impaired immune systems is headed to the governor's desk.
The Idaho House voted 59-10 on Thursday to allocate $15,000 to distribute information to schools, child care providers and other programs on how to prevent the virus and the potential birth defects it causes. That cleared the proposal to send it to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter for his signature.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's health ministry has confirmed the first case of a Zika-related severe birth defect known as microcephaly.
The ministry said in a statement Friday that the child was premature and died at birth. It was born to a 25-year-old woman from the southern state of Oaxaca on Nov. 5, 2016.
The ministry says it took several months to confirm the microcephaly, which is characterized by newborns with abnormally small heads, was related to Zika.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The Connecticut Department of Public Health says it's monitoring 30 babies born to mothers who tested positive for Zika.
The agency said Monday the babies were born in Connecticut or currently reside there. The mothers tested positive for Zika virus or Flavivirus during their pregnancies. None of the women contracted the virus in Connecticut.
BALTIMORE (AP) — The 4-month-old on the operating table has a shocking birth defect, nearly half his heart too small or even missing. To save him, surgeons will have to totally reroute how his blood flows, a drastic treatment that doesn't always work.
So this time they are going a step further. In a bold experiment, doctors injected donated stem cells directly into the healthy side of Josue Salinas Salgado's little heart, aiming to boost its pumping power as it compensates for what's missing.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Michelle Flandez had just given birth to her first son, but doctors in this U.S. territory whisked him away before she could see him.
Perplexed, she demanded him back and then slowly unwrapped the blanket that covered him.
"My husband and I looked at each other," she recalled. "No one had warned us. No one had given us the opportunity to decide what to do."
NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. study of Zika-infected pregnancies found that 6 percent of them ended in birth defects. The rate was nearly twice as high for women infected early in pregnancy.
It's the first published research on outcomes in the United States, and the authors say the findings echo what's been reported in Brazil and other countries with Zika outbreaks.
PARIS (AP) — A French association of people affected by an epilepsy drug that caused birth defects launched a class action against pharmaceutical company Sanofi on Tuesday.
APESAC President Marine Martin told The Associated Press that Sanofi now has four months to acknowledge its responsibility before a judge takes up the case.
The global drug company has been selling Depakine, the anticonvulsant drug at the center of the class action, in France since 1967.
NEW YORK (AP) — Researchers say a severe birth defect caused by Zika infection may not be apparent at birth but develop months afterward, further confirmation that the virus can cause unseen damage to developing babies.
The findings come from a study of 13 Brazilian babies whose heads all appeared normal at birth but then grew much more slowly than normal.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A simple Pap smear may one day offer a way to screen for birth defects a little earlier in pregnancy than today's prenatal tests.
Women typically get a Pap during early pregnancy, and Wayne State University researchers report Wednesday that they can capture enough fetal DNA from the cells that test extracts to check for genetic abnormalities.
BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in Thailand have confirmed that two cases of babies with microcephaly, or abnormally small heads, were caused by the Zika virus, the first such cases found in Southeast Asia.
Dr. Prasert Thongcharoen, a senior Health Ministry official, said in a statement Friday that the linkage to Zika was confirmed by laboratory tests in two of three cases of babies afflicted with microcephaly. The results were inconclusive in the third case.
PARIS (AP) — French health authorities are denying claims they concealed a study on a drug used to treat epilepsy that caused birth defects.
Le Canard Enchaine weekly said the health ministry suppressed a study revealing that the drug was prescribed to more than 10,000 pregnant women between 2007 and 2014 while the potential risks for unborn children were known.
The ministry responded Wednesday that the study was launched a year ago and that its initial findings...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island will receive $200,000 in federal funding to enhance its efforts to detect microcephaly and other birth defects caused by the Zika virus.
Rhode Island's congressional delegation announced the grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday. It will be administered through the Rhode Island Birth Defects Program at the state Department of Health.
Sen. Jack Reed says the funding "will help Rhode Island take...
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the Zika virus in Florida (all times local):
Puerto Rico health officials are reporting a total of 7,296 Zika cases in the U.S. territory that include 788 pregnant women.
Friday's announcement comes as Puerto Rico prepares to use the organic larvicide Bti to fight the mosquito-borne virus that can cause birth defects.
Health Secretary Ana Rius said 74 people have been hospitalized including 23 diagnosed...
CHICAGO (AP) — Parents of newborns with rare genetic conditions used to hear the grim words that the severe birth defects were "incompatible with life." Support groups and social media showing the exceptions have changed the landscape. So has mounting research suggesting that not all such babies are doomed to die.
The latest study focuses on trisomy 13 and trisomy 18 — genetic conditions that typically cause mental impairment, facial and organ abnormalities, breathing...