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CARIS publishes revised table on rare diseases

26 February 2015

To mark Rare Disease Day on February 28, CARIS has posted an updated table on genetic and syndromic rare diseases in Wales on its website.  


MBRRACE-UK release 'Perinatal Confidential Enquiry into Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia' report

11 December 2014

Results from the UK-wide confidential enquiry into the management of Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia are released.  

 

Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children research grant application deadline

27 October 2014

The trustees of Newlife Foundation are pleased to invite UK based research applications.  The closing date for Full Grants is 5pm Friday 5th December 2014.  Applications for Start Up Grants are welcome anytime until 5pm Friday 20th February 2015.


A new paper using data from the Irish registers on the rising incidence of neural tube defects is published

3 June 2014

The paper using Irish data entitled 'Neural tube defects in the Republic of Ireland in 2009-11' has been published in the Journal of Public Health.


Down's pregnancy blood test on trial

1 November 2013

A simple blood test during pregnancy which can detect Down's syndrome in the developing fetus is to be trialled by the NHS.  It could significantly reduce the number of women needed invasive testing, which can cause miscarriage.  Click on the title above for the link to the full BBC news story.

 

BINOCAR launches its third annual surveillance report on congenital anomalies

6 September 2013

BINOCAR has launched the third annual surveillance report using data from six regional registers and two disease specific registers for 2011.  Click on the title above for a link to the report, executive summary and press release and for the media coverage of this report.

 

Risk factors for congenital anomaly in a multiethnic birth cohort: an analysis of the Born in Bradford study

4 July 2013

New research, published in The Lancet, highlights important information for health professionals and parents about the factors which may increase the likelihood of a baby being born with a birth defect.  Click on the title above for the link to the full press release and journal article.

 

Surgeons warn many cleft palate cases missed at birth

13 December 2012

Too many babies born with a cleft palate are being diagnosed late, causing unnecessary distress, the Royal College of Surgeons says.  Click on the title above for the link to the full BBC news article and the CRANE report.

 

BINOCAR launches its second annual surveillance report on congenital anomalies

2 August 2012

BINOCAR has launched the second annual surveillance report using data from six regional registers and two disease specific registers for 2010.  Click on the title above for a link to the report, executive summary and press release and for the media coverage of this report.

 

Screening all newborns for heart defects could save hundreds of lives a year

2 May 2012

All babies should be screened at birth for heart defects using a cheap simple test that will pick up three out of four affected infants.  Click on the title above for the link to the full Daily Mail news story.

 

Inquiry urged into Kent road birth defects

17 February 2012

An investigation has been called after five babies in the same street in Kent were found to have the same rare birth defect, gastroschisis.  Click on the title above for the link to the full BBC news story.

 

A new paper using NorCAS data on the link between Diabetes and Congenital Anomalies is published

6 February 2012

The paper using NorCAS data entitled 'Peri-conception hyperglycaemia and nephropathy are associated with risk of congenital anomaly in women with pre-existing diabetes: a population-based cohort study' has been published in the February issue of the journal Diabetologia.

 

BINOCAR launches its first annual surveillance report on congenital anomalies

14 December 2011 

BINOCAR has launched the first annual surveillance report using data from five regional registers and two disease specific registers for 2009.  Click on the title above for a link to the report, executive summary and press release and for the media coverage of this report.

 

HQIP agrees BINOCAR funding

5 August 2010

HQIP has agreed to fund BINOCAR for one year to carry out congenital anomaly surveillance for those areas covered by regional registers for England and Wales.

 

ONS publishes final congenital anomaly statistics

2 March 2010

The statistics published for 2008 are the last in an annual series dating back over forty years.

 

BINOCAR Press Statement re Chief Medical Officer's Annual Report 2004

19 July 2005

BINOCAR has released a press statement with respect to the Chief Medical Officer's annual report that reported an almost two-fold increase in the number of births of babies with the gastroschisis in England and Wales over the past 10 years.

 

BINOCAR Press Statement re BBC Wales' Week In Week Out

6 October 2004

BINOCAR has released a press statement with respect to the 'Week In Week Out' programme that was screened on BBC Wales on Tuesday 5 October 2004.