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Relative prevalence of malformations at birth among different religious communities in Israel.
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PMID:  12949974     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this research was to determine the relative prevalence at birth of major malformations among the different religious communities in Israel as a way to better understand their causes. We collected data on malformations present among liveborn infants in a 10-year period from the national registry of birth defects according to the religious affiliation. In a total of 1,203,763 liveborn infants, the prevalence of major malformations was in a similar range among Jews and Christians and much higher among Muslim and Druze. These observations may be explained by differences between these communities, in particular, the rates of consanguinity and of therapeutic abortions. The Muslim and Druze communities in Israel are those with the highest consanguinity rates and the lowest rates of termination of pregnancies when a malformation is diagnosed. Analysis of the differences in the rate of malformations at birth in different communities is important for Public Health planning. It may also help to delineate causes and serve as the basis for research.
Joël Zlotogora; Ziona Haklai; Naama Rotem; Moriah Georgi; Itzhak Berlovitz; Alex Leventhal; Yona Amitai
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of medical genetics. Part A     Volume:  122A     ISSN:  1552-4825     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Med. Genet. A     Publication Date:  2003 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-09-01     Completed Date:  2004-04-07     Revised Date:  2008-05-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101235741     Medline TA:  Am J Med Genet A     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  59-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Ministry of Health, Jerusalem, Israel.
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MeSH Terms
Congenital Abnormalities / epidemiology*
Infant, Newborn
Israel / epidemiology

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