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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.
Review: Benefits, safety of fortifying wheat or maize flour with folic acid and health outcomes

Review: Benefits, safety of fortifying wheat or maize flour with folic acid and health outcomes

Six ways physicians can help optimize reproductive health in women with epilepsy

Six ways physicians can help optimize reproductive health in women with epilepsy

Unique program to initiate breastfeeding in vulnerable infants

Unique program to initiate breastfeeding in vulnerable infants

CNS develops evidence-based guidelines for treatment of pediatric myelomeningocele

CNS develops evidence-based guidelines for treatment of pediatric myelomeningocele

Research team receives federal grant to study obesity in children with spina bifida

Research team receives federal grant to study obesity in children with spina bifida

Children with birth defects have elevated cancer risk, study reveals

Children with birth defects have elevated cancer risk, study reveals

Cleveland Clinic surgical team performs its first in utero fetal surgery to repair birth defect

Cleveland Clinic surgical team performs its first in utero fetal surgery to repair birth defect

UK government to consider fortifying flour with folic acid to combat neural tube defects

UK government to consider fortifying flour with folic acid to combat neural tube defects

‘Eat nuts three times a week’ during pregnancy to improve your child's I.Q.

‘Eat nuts three times a week’ during pregnancy to improve your child's I.Q.

More than a quarter of new moms overlook postpartum care after giving birth, finds survey

More than a quarter of new moms overlook postpartum care after giving birth, finds survey

New approach to repair defects in fetal membranes could prevent life-long medical conditions

New approach to repair defects in fetal membranes could prevent life-long medical conditions

Researchers move one step closer to finding a cure for spina bifida

Researchers move one step closer to finding a cure for spina bifida

A unique study of spina Bifida shows surviving adults are more likely to live independently

A unique study of spina Bifida shows surviving adults are more likely to live independently

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