New Study in Iraq Finds Elevated Rates of Hydrocephalus and Neural Tube Defects

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The Foreign Policy online magazine reports on a study by the University of Michigan’s Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology examines the prevalence of birth defects in the Iraqi cities of Basra and Fallujah. The study found that in Basra, hydrocephalus occurred six times more frequently in infants than compared to California rates of .6 infants of every 1,000 live births. Basra also had the highest ever reported number of incidences of neural tube defects  (NTDs), brain and spinal cord conditions – 12 per 1,000 live births.

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