Puzzling Rare Birth Defects In Eastern Washington; Health Dept. - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Puzzling Rare Birth Defects In Eastern Washington; Health Dept. Investigating

Posted: Updated:
YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - The state Health Department is trying to find the cause of an unusually high number of rare birth defects in south-central Washington.
    
There were 7 cases of the defect called anencephaly in 2013 in Yakima, Benton and Franklin counties for a rate of more than eight cases per 10,000 births. That's four times the national rate.
    
The Yakima Herald-Republic reports (http://bit.ly/1tBLz46 ) health investigators are checking records and interviewing families and doctors. They're asking what the mothers ate, talking about pesticides, and looking at family histories; but so far there's no common factor.
    
Anencephaly is a fatal defect that occurs when the spinal cord fails to develop at the base of the brain.
    

HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Spokane police investigating fatal crash near 3rd and Liberty Park

    Spokane police investigating fatal crash near 3rd and Liberty Park

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 1:56 AM EDT2018-04-25 05:56:04 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane police say a pedestrian is dead after they were hit by a car near 3rd and Liberty Park Place east of downtown Spokane Tuesday night. Neighbors in the area called police after hearing a crash, coming out to investigate and finding a person in the street. Arriving officers and medical crews began lifesaving efforts, but were not successful and the pedestrian died.

    More >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane police say a pedestrian is dead after they were hit by a car near 3rd and Liberty Park Place east of downtown Spokane Tuesday night. Neighbors in the area called police after hearing a crash, coming out to investigate and finding a person in the street. Arriving officers and medical crews began lifesaving efforts, but were not successful and the pedestrian died.

    More >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, April 24th

    Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, April 24th

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 2:00 AM EDT2018-04-25 06:00:11 GMT

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, April 24th.

    More >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Tuesday, April 24th.

    More >>
  • Supreme Court's last argument is over Trump travel ban

    Supreme Court's last argument is over Trump travel ban

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 1:53 AM EDT2018-04-25 05:53:32 GMT

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is saving one of its biggest cases for last. The justices are hearing arguments Wednesday over President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries.    It's the last case the justices will hear until October.    The Trump administration is asking the court to reverse lower court rulings striking down the ban.

    More >>

    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is saving one of its biggest cases for last. The justices are hearing arguments Wednesday over President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries.    It's the last case the justices will hear until October.    The Trump administration is asking the court to reverse lower court rulings striking down the ban.

    More >>