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Dr. Mills explains how the link between congenital heart defect and obesity was discovered
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|GRAPHIC SLIDE: James Mills, M.D., M.S.
Dr. Mills on camera.
|Dr. James Mills: Many years ago, when we were first studying neural tube defects, one of our colleagues, Kim Waller in California, said, "I'd love to look at whether being obese is a risk factor for birth defects." And we had all the data because we were studying neural tube defects. We knew which women were obese and which women weren't. And so she discovered that obesity was a risk factor for neural tube defects. Since then, a number of other studies have found the same thing.|