Though discussing birth defects can be upsetting, possessing adequate knowledge can help your baby from developing one. Many birth defects are hereditary in nature. This means that you or your partner could potentially pass along a genetic disorder.
The abnormality can range from minuscule to a major one, from a discrete mutation in a single base in the DNA of a single gene to a gross chromosome abnormality involving the addition or subtraction of an entire chromosome or set of chromosomes.
Many human diseases have a genetic component. Here is a list of select genetic and rare diseases that are difficult to diagnose.
You’ve heard of Down's syndrome and Fragile X syndrome, but what about Jacobsen syndrome? Or 22q11.2 deletion syndrome? We bring you some of the lesser known chromosomal disorders.
The vast majority of babies born in this country are healthy. But if your child is one of the 3 in 100 infants born with a congenital (acquired after conception) or hereditary birth defect, how can you ensure her long-term health?
In genetic testing, a blood test is administered to prospective and expecting parents to look for abnormal genes that lead to certain diseases in their baby. Most genetic diseases are known as "recessive disorders," which implies that each parent ...
A genetic counselor is a medical professional who can guide you through the complex information about your chances of having a child with a genetic disorder or birth defect as well as through the testing, treatment, and other options available.