The Story of Folic Acid Fortification

Dave Erickson: Folic acid is a vitamin which can protect a developing baby from getting a serious problem that can cause difficulties walking. Spina bifida. Anencephaly. These are major birth defects that are either fatal or have serious, long-term consequences for the child. And, in contrast to polio, where you only get motor- you only […]

How do vaccines help babies fight infections? | How Vaccines Work

This is baby Jack. Vaccines help Jack fight infections by introducing a small number of antigens into his body. Antigens are parts of germs that cause Jack’s immune system to go to work. After Jack gets a vaccine, his immune system will remember the vaccine antigen and attack that germ if it ever invades his […]

Beyond the Blood Spot: Newborn Screening for Hearing Loss and Critical Congenital Heart Disease

Iskander: Hello I’m Dr. John Iskander. Welcome to CDC Beyond the Data. I’m here today with Dr. Stuart Shapira, Associate Director for Science and Chief Medical Officer of the National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. Welcome Dr. Shapira. Shapira: Thank you John, it’s a pleasure to be here. Iskander: So today’s Grand Rounds […]

Living with FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder) #AlcoholStories

My name is Bobby. I’m 34. I wanted to share my story because there’s a huge stigma surrounding FASD, the causes and effects. I was about 16 or 17. I was actually… kind of relieved a little bit, actually. growing up, I knew there was something different about me because I was in the speech […]

What is FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)? #AlcoholStories

– Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a brain-based disability and it is a brain injury. It is life-long and it impacts an individual throughout their lifespan. – Growing up, I knew there was something different about me. I couldn’t put my finger on it and that’s why when my dad told me it made a […]

The Immunization Baby Book

For parents, there’s no greater joy than watching your child grow up happy and healthy. And so long before Parker ever walked on his own, we were taking steps to help make sure he’d be healthy for life. We knew there’d be boo-boos, bumps, and bad dreams. We also knew a little love could go […]

Public Health Strategies to Prevent Preterm Birth

>>>GOOD MORNING. GOOD AFTERNOON. GOOD EVENING. DEPENDING ON FROM WHEN AND WHERE YOU ARE JOINING US. IT’S MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME YOU TO CDC PUBLIC HEALTH’S GRAND ROUNDS FOR NOVEMBER 2015. PUBLIC HEALTH STRATEGIES TO PREVENTING PRE-TERM BIRTH. LET’S GET STARTED. FIRST, A FEW HOUSE KEEPING SLIDES. PUBLIC HEALTH GRAND ROUNDS HAS CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS […]

Birth Defects – What Causes Birth Defects?

We know the cause for some birth defects, but for most, we don’t. That’s because we think most birth defects are caused by a complex mix of factors. There are some factors that can increase the chance of having a baby with a birth defect. These are called “risk factors,” and include smoking, drinking alcohol, […]

We Were There – Folic Acid

[ Music ]>>Good morning, and thank you for joining us for the third We Were There. This series was created so that individuals who worked on CDC investigations can share their insights and lessons learned so that others may be inspired to carry on their work. This session is about preventing birth defects, folic acid, […]