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Study: Children with Certain Birth Defects Face Increased Risk of Abuse

According to a new study from UTHealth, children with certain birth defects are also at an increased risk for abuse. According to researchers, children born with a cleft lip or palate, and children born with spina bifida are at an increased risk of abuse before they turn 2-years-old. To learn more, Maggie Martin talks with […]

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According to a new study from UTHealth, children with certain birth defects are also at an increased risk for abuse. According to researchers, children born with a cleft lip or palate, and children born with spina bifida are at an increased risk of abuse before they turn 2-years-old.

To learn more, Maggie Martin talks with Dr. Bethanie Van Horne. She's assistant director of state initiatives at UTHealth's Children's Learning Institute, and she conducted the study as part of her dissertation at UTHealth School of Public Health.

MORE: Study: Children with Specific Birth Defects at Increased Risk for Abuse (UTHealth)

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Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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