Healthy living choices can prevent ‘Birth defects’

Most birth defects are present within the first three months of pregnancy

You are pregnant…great news. Are you worried whether your baby will be born with birth defects. Especially after seeing what is happening to mothers from Brazil where babies are born with microcephaly. The Zika virus is  a big concern right now especially if you are in American or Asian continent.

Worldwide, at least 7.9 million people are born each year with a birth defect.  85% of the world’s birth defects occur in developing countries. There are more than 7,000 kinds of birth defects that are known to occur. Study finds 400,000 children born with new mutations each year worldwide. Congenital anomalies are responsible for the death of more than 300,000 infants worldwide.  These all news kind of scares an expectant mother. According to Parents Magazine, 78 percent of expectant mothers rated birth defects as their number one concern.

For many babies born with a birth defect, there is no family history of the condition. Some birth defects like cleft lip or spina bifida are easy to see. Others, like heart defects, are not. – National Birth Defects Prevention Network

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Vaccines: Read this before you head to your doctor for next shot

Vaccines have contributed to a significant reduction in many childhood infectious diseases

Vaccines have been a great life saver. It’s been around from the time Edward Jenner demonstrated in 1798 that we could prevent smallpox in humans through vaccination.  The number of disease cases starts to drop when a vaccine is launched. Vaccines have contributed to a significant reduction in many childhood infectious diseases, such as diphtheria, measles, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). Smallpox has been eradicated from many countries through vaccination. Vaccines definitely are the most effective tool we have to prevent infectious diseases.

But then, vaccine production is a big industry in itself.  80% of global vaccine sales come from five large multi-national corporations. The global vaccines market is expected to reach USD 48.03 Billion by 2021 according to MarketsandMarkets. Newer and newer vaccines are coming into the market every year. There are at least 30 causative agents against which vaccines are available and many more agents are targeted for development of vaccines. The number of shots a baby has to take has increased over the years. New optional vaccines have also entered the Indian market. If we go for all the shots it will add up to 49 doses of 14 vaccines.

The question we need to ask ourselves is do we need all of it, what will happen if we opt out of some, are all vaccines safe, do we know enough about them or we just go by what doctors say, are we aware of anti-vaccination activists.

How many of you have read Vaccine Package Insert

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Autism numbers rising

Autism  is a growing problem worldwide

Autism: The number of children diagnosed with autism has grown

The prevalence of autism is on the alarming rise. Autism is the world’s third most common development disorder. Autism is ten times more common today than it was in the 1980s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some studies point towards a 10% to 17% rise annually in the last couple of years.  Also, autism is far more likely to affect boys than girls, a fact that is still unexplained.

Autism is a growing problem worldwide and possesses a greater healthcare and economic burden to the developing nation like India. India is home to  10-15 million people with autism. In India, most children with Autism are diagnosed between 3 and 6 years of age.

 

Autistics are one of the largest minority groups in the world – Steve Silberman

Autism is the result of multiple genes , anywhere from three to 20, interacting with each other.

Do you know enough about this Disease

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