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  1. photo Cancer-causing atrazine is world's No. 1 drinking water contaminantCancer-causing atrazine is world's No. 1 drinking water contaminantNews
    studies have found a potential link between atrazine and ovarian, breast and prostate cancers, as well as birth defects including smaller male genitals and gastroschisis, which is a birth defectRead more
  2. photo Nine chronic diseases caused by pesticidesNine chronic diseases caused by pesticidesNews
    have been noted with increasing frequency as pesticide use rises, particularly in agricultural areas. For example, gastroschisis, a birth defect in which a baby's intestines and other organs developRead more

photo Gastroschisis



Gastroschisis represents a congenital defect characterised by a defect in the anterior abdominal wall through which the abdominal contents freely protrude. There is no overlying sac, no peritoneum, and the size of the defect is usually less than 4 centimetres (1.6 in). The abdominal wall defect is located at the junction of the umbilicus and normal skin, and is almost always to the right of the...More