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Birth Certificates

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Disease relevance of Birth Certificates


High impact information on Birth Certificates

  • Cell adhesion. A birth certificate for CD2 [3].
  • PATIENTS--All single-gestation live births to white non-Hispanic, black non-Hispanic, and Hispanic residents of New York City who gave birth between 1988 and 1990 with a positive indication for cocaine recorded on birth certificates (N = 7923) [4].
  • In this study, DSM-III-R diagnoses, OCs noted in birth records, and Trail Making performance were independently assessed in 30 subjects: 9 schizophrenics, 8 of their non-schizophrenic siblings, and 13 comparison subjects with neither a personal nor a family history of schizophrenia [5].
  • We used information on birth certificates to identify 1937 Hmong children born 1985 through 1988 in California, and we compared birthweight and reproductive factors as related to these children with the same factors as related to 3776 White, non-Hispanic children born in the same period [6].
  • To assess the possible adverse effects of maternal epilepsy on the course and outcome of pregnancy, all 138,780 Washington State birth certificates for the years 1980-81 were screened, and 204 births to epileptic mothers were identified [7].

Associations of Birth Certificates with chemical compounds

  • Prescriptions for erythromycin, nonerythromycin macrolides, and other antibiotics were identified from pharmacy files linked with birth certificate files [8].
  • Face-to-face interview and birth certificate information about smoking behavior during pregnancy was compared with laboratory urine cotinine values for 74 patients [9].

Gene context of Birth Certificates

  • Possible strategies such as a thorough statistical analysis of numerous birth records as well as molecular studies such as radiotracing using labeled OT are proposed to test this hypothesis [10].
  • PATIENTS OR OTHER PARTICIPANTS: Children in the Craniosynostosis Registry or state birth record files [11].
  • We have determined the vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene alleles for 66 women (mean age 65.5 years) on whom detailed birth records were available [12].
  • METHODS: Using the mother's first name, last name, and zip code, we linked the records of 51,008 women who participated in the California Alpha-Fetoprotein Screening Program between June 15, 1986, and October 31, 1987, with California birth certificates for singleton infants born in 1987 [13].
  • The cases were 318 children and teenagers with DS studied at the Specialized Educational Institutions of Lima City, Perú. They were paired with 1,196 control individuals that were selected from the birth records of 2 general hospitals of the city [14].

Analytical, diagnostic and therapeutic context of Birth Certificates

  • In a large public birth record dataset, we have identified a clear artifact of poor LMP recall, highly correlated with passage of time between conception and onset of prenatal care [15].


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  2. Birth weight and blood cholesterol level: a study in adolescents and systematic review. Owen, C.G., Whincup, P.H., Odoki, K., Gilg, J.A., Cook, D.G. Pediatrics (2003) [Pubmed]
  3. Cell adhesion. A birth certificate for CD2. Springer, T.A. Nature (1991) [Pubmed]
  4. The association between prenatal care and birth weight among women exposed to cocaine in New York City. Racine, A., Joyce, T., Anderson, R. JAMA (1993) [Pubmed]
  5. Obstetrical complications and trail making deficits discriminate schizophrenics from unaffected siblings and controls. Kinney, D.K., Yurgelun-Todd, D.A., Waternaux, C.M., Matthysse, S. Schizophr. Res. (1994) [Pubmed]
  6. Pregnancy among the Hmong: birthweight, age, and parity. Helsel, D., Petitti, D.B., Kunstadter, P. American journal of public health. (1992) [Pubmed]
  7. Pregnancy complications and outcomes in a cohort of women with epilepsy. Yerby, M., Koepsell, T., Daling, J. Epilepsia (1985) [Pubmed]
  8. Prenatal prescription of macrolide antibiotics and infantile hypertrophic pyloric stenosis. Cooper, W.O., Ray, W.A., Griffin, M.R. Obstetrics and gynecology. (2002) [Pubmed]
  9. The discrepancy between self-reported smoking status and urine continine levels among women enrolled in prenatal care at four publicly funded clinical sites. Webb, D.A., Boyd, N.R., Messina, D., Windsor, R.A. Journal of public health management and practice : JPHMP. (2003) [Pubmed]
  10. Could oxytocin administration during labor contribute to autism and related behavioral disorders?--A look at the literature. Wahl, R.U. Med. Hypotheses (2004) [Pubmed]
  11. Diagnostic practice and the estimated prevalence of craniosynostosis in Colorado. Alderman, B.W., Fernbach, S.K., Greene, C., Mangione, E.J., Ferguson, S.W. Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine. (1997) [Pubmed]
  12. Polymorphisms of the vitamin D receptor, infant growth, and adult bone mass. Keen, R.W., Egger, P., Fall, C., Major, P.J., Lanchbury, J.S., Spector, T.D., Cooper, C. Calcif. Tissue Int. (1997) [Pubmed]
  13. The association between maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein and preterm birth, small for gestational age infants, preeclampsia, and placental complications. Waller, D.K., Lustig, L.S., Cunningham, G.C., Feuchtbaum, L.B., Hook, E.B. Obstetrics and gynecology. (1996) [Pubmed]
  14. Paternal age as a risk factor for Down syndrome. de Michelena, M.I., Burstein, E., Lama, J.R., Vásquez, J.C. Am. J. Med. Genet. (1993) [Pubmed]
  15. Annual and sub-annual rhythms in human conception rates. I. Effective correction and use of public record LMP dates. Boklage, C.E., Kirby, C.F., Zincone, L.H. Int. J. Fertil. (1992) [Pubmed]
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