Share this article

print logo


Vietnam veterans are more likely to father infants with major birth defects than non-Vietnam veterans, a Boston University School of Public Health study has found.

A study of 1,964 pregnancies showed that the infants of veterans had a 1.7-fold risk of having a major birth defect, though there was no increased risk for stillbirths, neonatal deaths or minor malformations, said Ann Aschengrau.

Fathers who served the longest in Vietnam and who saw combat had the highest risk of having a baby with a birth defect, she reported in the American Journal of Public Health.

There are no comments - be the first to comment