CONTACT: DAVE PEDERSON
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8032; fax(319) 335-8034
Release: June 12, 2000
Iowa Birth Defects Registry releases 2000 Annual Report
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The Iowa Birth Defects Registry has released its 2000
Annual Report, with information on birth defects rates, risk factors for birth
defects and ongoing research and education activities in Iowa.
Established in 1983 and based at the University of Iowa College of Public
Health, the registry is a statewide reporting system that works with all Iowa
hospitals and specialty clinics to collect information about birth defects
diagnosed in the state. The information collected is used to assess the occurrence
of birth defects in the state and study potential risk factors and possible
treatments for birth defects.
Each year, approximately 1,600 pregnancies in Iowa and 150,000 nationwide
are diagnosed with birth defects. Birth defects are the leading cause of infant
Last year the registry was one of only eight state registries to receive
an "A" for its outstanding surveillance system and research excellence
from a study released by the Pew Environmental Commission at the Johns Hopkins
University School of Public Health.
The annual report also includes a section on cigarette smoking and pregnancy.
Women who smoke during pregnancy may increase their infant's risk for developing
certain birth defects including heart defects, skeletal defects and clefts
of the lip and/or palate.
To receive a copy of the annual report, contact the Iowa Birth Defects Registry
at (319) 335-8585.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.