Birth Defects: They Aren’t Going Away, But Can Be Prevented

When a major TV network decided to air a show about a teen with Down syndrome (DS), a lot of people thought such a show would never be accepted by the viewing audience. But the American people soon began to look past Corky’s facial features and slightly unusual speech to the heart and personality inside. Life Goes On was a hit, and it gave the audience a chance to look at their unfounded fear and prejudice toward the mentally retarded. Down syndrome is one of many problems that can be identified at birth. A birth defect is an abnormality of structure, function, or metabolism that can result from inherited genetic…