Study: Certain birth defects higher in Southeastern NC
SOUTHEASTERN NC (WWAY) — Some birth defects are higher in the Cape Fear region than other parts of the state, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
DHHS analyzed four categories of birth defects in Bladen, Brunswick, Cumberland, New Hanover and Pender Counties to address concerns raised during the state’s ongoing investigation into GenX and other per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances.
The study used date from 2003-2014 using data from the NC Birth Defects Monitoring Program.
The review showed some central nervous system and cardiac defects were higher in one or more of the five counties examined compared with the state average, keeping in mind that these estimates vary widely from year to year because of the small number of these defects.
Within the five counties, compared to the state, different types of brain defects were elevated in different counties.
In New Hanover County, microcephaly and hydrocephaly were more prevalent.
The prevalence of brain reduction defect was higher in Bladen, Brunswick and Cumberland counties.
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