Preterm babies at higher risk for birth defects

05/21/2008 | Reuters

Researchers tracking some 7 million babies born in 13 U.S. states between 1995 to 2000 found premature infants are more than twice as likely to have a major birth defect compared to full-term babies. They also found very premature babies, born from 24 to 31 weeks gestation, had a fivefold increased risk of a birth defect, with the most common being central nervous system problems and cardiovascular defects.

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