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CDC urges every woman who could become pregnant to get 400 micrograms (400 mcg) of folic acid every day. Click here for more information.

The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) promotes the health of babies, children, and adults, and enhances the potential for full, productive living. 

Our work includes identifying the causes of and preventing birth defects and green circlesdevelopmental disabilities, helping children to develop and reach their full potential, and promoting health and well-being among people of all ages with disabilities. 


Specific Topics
· Birth Defects
    Basic Facts
    Prevention of Birth Defects
      Folic Acid Helps Prevent Some Birth Defects
    Preconception Care
    Having a Healthy Pregnancy
    Fetal Alcohol Syndrome - Preventing Alcohol Exposed Pregnancies
    Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus (LCMV) and Pregnancy
    Diabetes and Pregnancy
    Medication Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
    Monitoring Birth Defects
· Developmental Disabilities
    Autism Spectrum Disorders
  Autism Information Center
  Cerebral Palsy
  Hearing Loss
  Mental Retardation / Intellectual Disability
  Vision Impairment
· Blood Disorders
    Bleeding Disorders
  Clotting Disorders - Thrombophilia
  Sickle Cell Disease
  For Women
  Laboratory Research
· Human Development
    Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
  Child Development
  Disability and Health
  Single Gene Disorders
      - Duchenne/Becker Muscular Dystrophy
      - Fragile X Syndrome
  Early Hearing Detection and Intervention
  Tourette's Syndrome
  Women with Disabilities

Date: 01/05/2009
Content source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities

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