More Babies Are Being Born With Intestines Outside Their Bodies
Scientists don't know why the U.S. has seen a spike in babies born with a condition that causes their intestines to form outside their bodies.By Ben Lawson | January 22, 2016
More and more babies are being born with a condition that causes their intestines to be born outside of their bodies, and officials aren't sure why.
Gastroschisis is a rare birth defect in which a newborn's intestines protrude from a hole near his or her umbilical cord. It occurs in about 5 of every 10,000 babies born.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found increases in the condition for every demographic over the last 18 years.