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Birth defects are common, costly, and critical conditions that can affect individuals and families #AcrossTheLifespan. You can help recognize January as National Birth Defects Awareness Month by raising awareness about #BirthDefects and sharing information to improve the health of people living with these conditions across their lifespan.
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Folic acid is an important part of planning for a healthy pregnancy. The two most common types of neural tube defects are anencephaly and spina bifida. Anencephaly is a serious birth defect in which parts of a baby’s brain and skull do not form correctly. Almost all babies born with anencephaly will die shortly after birth. Spina bifida is a serious birth defect in which a baby’s spine does not form correctly and can result in some severe physical disabilities. All people who are capable of becoming pregnant should get 400 mcg of folic acid every day.
Radon causes around 21,000 lung cancer deaths in the United States each year. Radon is a natural gas that can build up inside your home. Take action to reduce radon levels and talk to your doctor about any concerns.