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Grandsons may be affected by old pregnancy drug

Four decades after doctors realized that a drug called DES — used to prevent pregnancy complications — had devastating consequences for babies, a new study finds those effects may be reverberating into the third generation. Full story

State probes jump in birth defect in SE Texas

State health officials are investigating a sharp increase in the presence of a frequently fatal birth defect in an area of southeast Texas where thousands of residents were evacuated after a chemical company fire two years ago. Full story

Steroid medications not tied to oral birth defects

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Babies born to women who take corticosteroid drugs for asthma or other chronic ills may not have a heightened risk of birth defects known as oral clefts, a study published Monday suggests. Full story

Babies born with flat heads on the rise in Texas

The number of infants born with "flat-head" syndrome has risen dramatically in Texas - but is probably not cause for concern, according to a new study. Full story

Strong painkillers may be linked to birth defects

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who take opioid painkillers such as codeine and oxycodone early in their pregnancy may be more likely to have a baby with a birth defect, according to a new study. Full story

Migraine drug hikes birth defect risk, FDA says

A headache medication for migraines increases the risk for birth defects in babies born to pregnant mothers taking the medication, U.S. health officials said on Friday. Full story

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Agent Orange's catastrophic legacy still lingers

Officials: Birth defects in CA town not unusual

State to probe birth defects spike in Calif. town

Farm town demands answers on birth defects


  Study: Fetal surgery best for spine defect

Researchers have found that prenatal surgery can reduce complications from spina bifida, a common birth defect. NBC's Chief Science Correspondent Robert Bazell reports.