NEW YORK — — New research has found “frozen” baby syndrome, a condition where babies are born with an abnormally small head, may be linked to vaccination.
A team of researchers led by researchers from New York University School of Medicine has identified a genetic mutation in a gene that regulates the activity of the immune system that causes the syndrome.
“This finding provides strong evidence that the syndrome is a genetic defect, and the condition may be caused by a defect in the vaccine,” said Dr. Joseph Schmiedecker, lead author and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at NYU.
In an interview, Schmieser said the findings provide further evidence that a vaccine for the syndrome, which affects up to 1.6 percent of babies born in the U.S. each year, can prevent severe birth defects.
The research is published in the journal Molecular Medicine.
The researchers also discovered that the gene responsible for the condition is located in the same gene region that regulates immune responses in the body, allowing the mutation to be passed on.
“It is a significant finding that indicates there may be a gene mutation that is present in our immune system, and it might be involved in causing the condition,” Schmiel said.
The team’s findings are likely to prompt the U