The growth in the number of older women having babies and the use of in vitro fertilization techniques have helped drive up birth defect rates in Europe from 1984 to 2007, according to a study in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Europe experienced a 50% increase in congenital birth defects during that period, according to European Surveillance of Congenital Anomalies data.

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