Category: Well in Your 20s & 30s

Conversations for those in their 20s and 30s

5 of the Most Common — and 4 Surprising — Causes of Birth Defects

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A birth defect — also called a congenital anomaly — is a problem that occurs when a baby is developing in the womb. An estimated one out of every 33 babies in the U.S. is born with a birth defect, of varying severity, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If you’re a mom-to-be — or planning to be — it’s important to understand what causes birth defects and the steps you can take to prevent them during pregnancy. Here’s an overview of the most common causes of birth defects:

Do Fitness Trackers Really Work?

arm with fitness trackerAccording to industry research, roughly one-quarter of U.S. adults (nearly 57 million people) use a fitness tracker — those wearable devices that record your daily physical activity along with other health data, such as heart rate or calories burned.

But the question is: Do these ubiquitous bits of technology really make us more fit and healthy?