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Researchers found that Cousin Marriages leading to more birth defects in Pakistan

Cousin Marriage Birth Defects Research

In the Pakistani community, the risk of babies born with birth defects is doubled among first cousins, according to a study, which found that infant mortality rates and birth defects exceeded.
Researchers have concluded that the cultural process of marriage between first cousins ​​is a bigger factor than any other – far more than the effects of deprivation in the parts of Bradford where this study was conducted. Marriage to a blood relative accounts for about one-third (31%) of all birth defects in children of Pakistani descent.
The risk of having a baby, usually from heart or nervous system problems – which can sometimes be fatal – is still small, but in the general Pakistani population it increases from 3% to 6% of blood relatives. The researchers also said that the risk also doubled among children of white British women over the age of 34. This risk has increased from 2% to 4%, it is already known.
Every year more than 90 deaths due to birth defects occur in the Pakistani community in England and Wales. But this is a very sensitive issue because marriage in families is an established cultural tradition of Pakistani descent.

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