Children who were born with a genetic defect may be at a heightened risk for developing a disability or deadly disease, according to a study published in PLOS ONE. A pregnant mother’s health during pregnancy is critical to keeping children away from developing heart defects, neural tube defects and blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia. While Social Security Administration disability benefits could be gained for these children, a healthy life is always the preference. However, not all of the more than 7,000 genetic or partially genetic birth defects are avoidable.
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