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  • January Is National Birth Defects Prevention Month

    Birth defects affect about 1 in every 33 babies born in the United States and are a leading cause of infant mortality, illness, and disability. Though diagnosis and treatment of these conditions has improved dramatically, the focus of public health efforts is to reduce the number of birth defects that occur. National Birth Defects Prevention Month is intended to raise awareness about the prevention of birth defects and to educate the public about concrete steps a woman can take before and during pregnancy to increase her chances of having a healthy baby. In 2015, the theme is “Making Healthy Choices to Prevent Birth Defects—Make a PACT for Prevention”: Planning ahead for pregnancy; Avoiding harmful substances; Choosing a healthy lifestyle; and Talking to a healthcare provider before pregnancy.
    free resource button small  January Is National Birth Defects Prevention Month
    This directory of resources, from Congenital Disorders Sourcebook, 3rd Edition, lists organizations that provide information, support, and advocacy for families affected by birth defects.

    Comprehensive information about the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of birth defects is available in Congenital Disorders Sourcebook, 3rd Edition.

    Posted: January 26, 2015

  • Prohibition Begins January 16, 1920

    On January 16, 1920, the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect, outlawing the manufacture, sale, and transportation of alcohol. Lacking popular support, however, Prohibition proved difficult to enforce and caused widespread criminal activity and political corruption. In 1933, the 21st Amendment repealed the 18th, bringing the Prohibition era to a close. To date, the 18th Amendment stands as the only constitutional amendment to ever be repealed.

    free resource button small  Prohibition Begins January 16, 1920This chapter from Defining Moments: Prohibition describes the rise of the temperance movement, the activities of the Anti-Saloon League, and the state-by-state battles between the “wets” and the “drys” that eventually culminated in the passage of the 18th Amendment.

    Additional information about the events leading up to and following Prohibition, biographies of the key players and related primary source documents, can be found in Defining Moments: Prohibition.

    Posted: January 16, 2015