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Eur J Med Genet. 2014 Aug;57(8):355-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ejmg.2014.03.002. Epub 2014 Mar 19.

Birth defects epidemiology.

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Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatal & Developmental Medicine, Stanford University, 1265 Welch Road, Rm. X111, Stanford, CA 94305-5415, USA. Electronic address: scarmichael@stanford.edu.

Abstract

This article provides background information about epidemiologic methods and how they can be used to further our understanding of what causes birth defects. It briefly describes basic study designs and advantages and disadvantages of each, provides examples of how epidemiologic studies contribute to our current understanding of the etiologies of birth defects, and makes recommendations for future research.

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Birth defects; Epidemiology; Genetics

PMID:
24657225
DOI:
10.1016/j.ejmg.2014.03.002
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