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Spina bifida is a neural tube defect that happens in the first month of pregnancy when the spinal column does not close completely. According to the Mayo Clinic, approximately one in every 2,000 children born in the U.S. is diagnosed with spina bifida. Risk factors include the presence of a neural tube defect in a previous child, lack of folic acid, some medications, diabetes and the mother's age. Most patients with spina bifida have neurogenic bladders. Neurogenic bladders function poorly and over time, without correction, can result in kidney damage and ultimately kidney failure.
Researchers confirm link between neonatal vitamin D deficiency and schizophrenia

Researchers confirm link between neonatal vitamin D deficiency and schizophrenia

Newborns with vitamin D deficiency have increased risk of schizophrenia later in life

Newborns with vitamin D deficiency have increased risk of schizophrenia later in life

UK set to fortify flour with folic acid to prevent spine defects among newborns

UK set to fortify flour with folic acid to prevent spine defects among newborns

Carnegie professor receives NIH Director's New Innovator Award

Carnegie professor receives NIH Director's New Innovator Award

New technology to deliver 3D images of embryo's neural tube as it closes

New technology to deliver 3D images of embryo's neural tube as it closes

Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian launch new Mothers Center

Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian launch new Mothers Center

No-carb diet for pregnant woman could harm fetus, study finds

No-carb diet for pregnant woman could harm fetus, study finds

Low carbohydrate intake linked to increased risk of having babies with neural tube defects

Low carbohydrate intake linked to increased risk of having babies with neural tube defects

Newborns with spina bifida have sleep-disordered breathing in first days of life, study finds

Newborns with spina bifida have sleep-disordered breathing in first days of life, study finds

$2 million grant funds new telemedicine program for children with disabilities

$2 million grant funds new telemedicine program for children with disabilities

Pilot study raises concerns about exposure of pregnant women to benzene in British Columbia

Pilot study raises concerns about exposure of pregnant women to benzene in British Columbia

Fires prey on frail residents living on their own

Fires prey on frail residents living on their own

Study highlights association of obesity with fecal incontinence in spina bifida patients

Study highlights association of obesity with fecal incontinence in spina bifida patients

Researchers discover promising alternative to open fetal surgery for spina bifida repair

Researchers discover promising alternative to open fetal surgery for spina bifida repair

Novel mussel-inspired glue could one day save lives of youngest patients

Novel mussel-inspired glue could one day save lives of youngest patients

Survivors of childhood diseases struggle to find care as adults

Survivors of childhood diseases struggle to find care as adults

Honda gives $1 million gift to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to enhance pediatric mobility

Honda gives $1 million gift to Nationwide Children’s Hospital to enhance pediatric mobility

Study finds link between common household chemicals and birth defects in mice

Study finds link between common household chemicals and birth defects in mice

University of Rhode Island students redesign toy cars to benefit children with disabilities

University of Rhode Island students redesign toy cars to benefit children with disabilities

KU Leuven researchers identify vital role of TET1 protein in earliest stages of embryonic development

KU Leuven researchers identify vital role of TET1 protein in earliest stages of embryonic development