July 2014: July: National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month

Each year in the United States, more than 7,000 babies are born with a cleft lip with or without a cleft palate, or cleft palate alone. These conditions, along with other birth defects of the head and face, are called craniofacial birth defects. As you may know, July is National Cleft and Craniofacial Awareness and Prevention Month, a great opportunity for people to learn more about these conditions. CDC’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) featured a number of activities throughout the month of July to raise awareness about craniofacial birth defects:

  • An announcement in the July 4th issue of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)
  • A recent publication estimating the number of babies that could be born without a cleft lip or cleft palate each year in the United States if women did not smoke during early pregnancy
  • A special July CDC Feature – Smoking Can Cause Clefts
  • Weekly Twitter messages. We have a new Twitter handle! We are tweeting at https:/twitter.com/CDC_NCBDDD. We invite you to comment, re-post, re-tweet and follow @CDC_NCBDDD!

We encourage you to share these links with your colleagues and friends. Feel free to post them on your own home page as well. Thank you for your continued support and dedication to improving the lives of families and children affected by craniofacial conditions!

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