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Prepregnancy obesity: a complex risk factor for selected birth defects.
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PMID:  20973050     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
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Obesity is associated with increased risk of many adverse health conditions. During pregnancy, obesity presents particularly important challenges for both mother and baby. Over the last 20 years, studies have emerged indicating an association between prepregnancy weight and risks of birth defects. However, few studies have examined the mechanisms through which this association occurs. Understanding the underlying mechanisms may provide clues to public health strategies for the prevention of birth defects associated with maternal obesity. This article briefly reviews existing literature on the association between maternal obesity and birth defects, discusses potential underlying mechanisms, and suggests research needed to improve our understanding of this important association.
Authors:
Suzan L Carmichael; Sonja A Rasmussen; Gary M Shaw
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Birth defects research. Part A, Clinical and molecular teratology     Volume:  88     ISSN:  1542-0760     ISO Abbreviation:  Birth Defects Res. Part A Clin. Mol. Teratol.     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-10-25     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101155107     Medline TA:  Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  804-10     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2010 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Affiliation:
California Research Division, March of Dimes Foundation, 5700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland, CA 94609, USA. scarmichael@marchofdimes.com
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