Rare Birth Defect on the Rise, University of South Florida Study

Published: Jul 22, 2013

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The proportion of babies born with a defect called gastroschisis has nearly doubled since 1995, according to a large new study. The cause of gastroschisis - which is a hole in the baby's abdomen - is unclear, although it's known to be more likely in the children of teen mothers. A mother's exposure to certain chemicals has also been tied to the malformation, though not conclusively.

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