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Statistical News is a recurring newsletter with articles covering public health-related statistics and special topics not normally presented in our annual publications. Starting in 2017, each article will be published individually. Archived editions featuring multiple articles that were published from 2001 to 2016 are available below as well.

Birth Defects for Pennsylvania Resident Live Births

An Overview of Data Collected for 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), congenital anomalies, or birth defects, are common and affect about one in every 33 babies born in the United States each year. Furthermore, birth defects are the leading cause of infant deaths and account for roughly 20 percent of all infant deaths in the United States. Birth defects can affect almost any part of the body, range from mild to severe, and affect how the body looks, works or both. Some birth defects are harmless, while others require long-term medical treatment. Birth defects can occur during any stage of pregnancy. Most occur in the first three months of pregnancy when the organs of the baby are forming; however, some defects occur later in pregnancy while the tissues and organs are continuing to grow and develop.

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Published June 8, 2017

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