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# Birth Defects

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Calls for free folic acid to be given to Irish women as minister considers it ahead of Budget
Taking folic acid every day helps prevent your unborn baby from developing serious and possibly fatal conditions.
Folic acid to be added to UK flour to reduce birth defects ... but no plans in Ireland to do so
According to the HSE, folic acid is important because it can help the nervous system develop in the unborn.
Rory isn't willing to take the risk, but just how big a problem is the Zika virus?
Couples hoping to have a baby are being told to hold off for two-to-six months after travelling to infected areas.
A baby might be the last thing on your mind - but you still need to start taking folic acid
Ireland has some of the highest rates of neural tube defects in the world, but the mandatory fortification of food could reduce our rates by 30%.
Zika virus: Travel warning issued for pregnant Irish women
A total of 19 countries are covered by the warning.
Marrying your first cousin can double the risk of birth defects in your babies
However a study published in The Lancet today says that the absolute risk of birth defects, such as down syndrome, is low.
Thalidomide makers issue first ever apology to victims
Campaigners born with serious physical disabilities because of the drug have described the apology as “meaningless” as the company has not admitted any liability.
Agent Orange clean-up launched in Vietnam decades after war ends
US and Vietnam are commencing a landmark project to remove dangerous defoliant sprayed by American forces to defoliate Vietnam’s forests.
Thalidomide makers accused of ignoring birth defect warnings in Australian case
Thalidomide survivor Lynette Rowe is suing German drug maker.