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Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology is pleased to announce the publication of our third edition of the Alaska Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Data Book. The Alaska MCH Data Book 2005: Birth Defects Surveillance Edition presents detailed information from the Alaska Birth Defects Registry (ABDR). This is the first comprehensive analysis of ABDR data. It provides a detailed descriptive epidemiology of the prevalence and distribution of major congenital anomalies among Alaskan populations.

The Data Book is divided into chapters based on the anatomical site of the malformation. Detailed epidemiological information is given for the anatomical grouping as a whole and for the specific birth defects within each group that have an Alaskan birth prevalence of at least 12.0 per 10,000 live births. For each condition we provide temporal trends and geographic distribution, as well as epidemiological characteristics.

We encourage readers to use the data presented in this book to improve the health of Alaska's children. Please read the section titled HOW TO USE THIS BOOK. This section emphasizes the importance of becoming familiar with the Data Limitations section of the book and the surveillance methods we used for collecting information on the occurrence of birth defects in Alaska. Understanding the data limitations and surveillance methods will help you to correctly interpret the information presented.

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What's inside

Introduction: (Cover, Suggested Citation, Title Page, HOW TO USE THIS BOOK, Table of Contents, MCH Snapshot, Data Limitations)
Chapter 1: Population Characteristics
Chapter 2: Birth Defects Surveillance
Chapter 3: Major Congenital Anomalies
Chapter 4: Cardiovascular Anomalies
Chapter 5: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Chapter 6: Alimentary Tract Anomalies
Chapter 7: Genitourinary Anomalies
Chapter 8: Central Nervous System Anomalies
Chapter 9: Musculoskeletal Anomalies
Chapter 10: Chromosomal Anomalies
Chapter 11: Eye and Ear Anomalies
Detailed Tables: (Trend Data, Regional Data, Prevalence Data)
Appendix: (Reportable Birth Defects, Technical Notes, Prevalence Comparisons, Glossary)

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