Birth Defect Rate Lowering In Alaska

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January is National Birth Defect Prevention month. For Alaskans, the good news is that the rate of birth defects is going down. The bad news is that in 2008, Alaska’s rate of birth defects was twice the rate for all Americans. And the rate of birth defects among Alaska Native infants is even higher.

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Joaqlin Estus is a reporter at KNBA in Anchorage.