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Children with birth defects may be at increased risk for childhood cancer, new study finds

Researchers analysed data from more than 10 million children born in Texas, Arkansas, Michigan and North Carolina between 1992 and 2013. Compared to children without a birth defect, those with genetic defects were almost 12 times more likely to develop cancer by age 18. Those whose birth defect had no known genetic cause, also known […]

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Infant with a congenital defect in dire need of funds for cochlear implant

Suyash Bedekar, an eight-month-old is suffering from bilateral profound Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). It is a kind of hearing loss due to the damage in the inner ear or the nerve from the ear to the brain. He urgently needs to undergo a cochlear implant. He is currently undergoing treatment at Mumbai’s civic-run KEM Hospital […]

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Babies with heart defects can have an impact on mother’s health too

The study of more than one million women is the first to show congenital heart defects in newborns may be a marker for an increased risk of their mothers developing heart problems, including heart attack and heart failure, years after pregnancy. Researchers analysed data on women who delivered infants between 1989 and 2013 in Quebec, […]

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Pune: Rare birth defects leaves baby’s bladder exposed

Pune: Rare birth defects leaves baby’s bladder exposed

Doctors at Sassoon Hospital in Pune operated upon a nine-month-old girl with a rare birth defect. The condition caused the bladder to remain open and exposed, leading to urine being drained directly over the child’s abdomen. While the surgery for such a defect is usually done just days after birth, lack of access to health […]

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Doctors attach prosthetic leg to a child with a rare birth defect

Doctors attach prosthetic leg to a child with a rare birth defect

Prathmesh Dhere, is a four-year-old child, hailing from a small village in Maharashtra, he had stopped attending school since the last six months. As he was suffering from a rare congenital anomaly called tibial hemimelia, a condition wherein the lower part of leg is crooked, thus making it difficult to walk. As it was painful […]

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Pune doctors treat woman with a rare case of having two uterus

Pune doctors treat woman with a rare case of having two uterus

Manasi (name changed), a teenager born with two unconnected uterus and without a cervix and vagina. She is born with a birth defect called – uterus didelphys with agenesis of cervix and vagina, which has an occurrence rate of around 0.1 per cent. Doctors at Sassoon hospital, Pune, claim they have received such a case […]

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Two life-saving surgeries stare young family in the face

Two life-saving surgeries stare young family in the face

For the Chougules from Naigaon, Vasai, last November was the happiest time of their lives. Kavita Chougule had just given birth to baby Divyanka. “I can’t explain how ecstatic we were after Divyanka was born. Our family was more than complete. She is the angel we had always wished for,” said Youvraj, her husband. Life […]

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Teenage girl with rare uterus birth defect undergoes surgery, successfully treated

Teenage girl with rare uterus birth defect undergoes surgery, successfully treated

Neha, (name changed), a 15-year-old girl whose uterus was divided into two lateral horns was operated at Sassoon hospital in Pune where the divided uterus was joined after the operation. She was born with a birth defect called bicornis unicollis, in this condition though the uterus has one cervix it was divided into two lateral […]

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