Show: May 12, 2013:
- How'd that work: Do pesticides cause birth defects?
- Lighter baseballs may reduce injuries
- Doc chat: Are residents' long hours to blame for medical mistakes?
- Does pharmaceutical-funded research produce biased reports in medical journals?
- Sleep paralysis
- What happens when doctors get sued?
- Why are golden retrievers at a higher risk for cancer?
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How'd that work: Do pesticides cause birth defects?
Interview: Paul Winchester, M.D., director of the neonatal intensive care unit, St. Francis Hospital, clinical professor of pediatrics/neonatology, Indiana University School of Medicine.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a policy statement that outlines the harmful effects of pesticides on early fetal development. In 2009, Paul Winchester, M.D., released a study that looked at 30 million Indiana births from 1996 to 2002. According to Dr. Winchester, babies conceived in April, May and June have higher rates of birth defects such as Down syndrome, cleft palate and spina bifida. Most birth defects, such as spina bifida, happen early in the pregnancy. Although many pesticides are dangerous and can cause serious birth defects, Dr. Winchester cautions that not all are harmful.