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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.
East African newborns nearly five times more likely to have neural tube defects

East African newborns nearly five times more likely to have neural tube defects

Taking valproic acid during pregnancy can cause birth defects, study shows

Taking valproic acid during pregnancy can cause birth defects, study shows

Researchers use machine learning to shed light on genetic mutations linked with spina bifida

Researchers use machine learning to shed light on genetic mutations linked with spina bifida

Special type of stem cell can reduce the amount of HIV virus

Special type of stem cell can reduce the amount of HIV virus

3D-printed fetus models allow surgeons to identify potential obstacles, reduce risks of surgery

3D-printed fetus models allow surgeons to identify potential obstacles, reduce risks of surgery

Families with sick kids on Medicaid seek easier access to out-of-state hospitals

Families with sick kids on Medicaid seek easier access to out-of-state hospitals

FDA approves new indication for drug to treat pediatric NDO patients

FDA approves new indication for drug to treat pediatric NDO patients

Uninherited genetic mutations can cause spina bifida

Uninherited genetic mutations can cause spina bifida

Updated spina bifida guidelines cover care across the entire lifespan

Updated spina bifida guidelines cover care across the entire lifespan

Researchers examine whether regenerative patch for spina bifida defect can promote healing

Researchers examine whether regenerative patch for spina bifida defect can promote healing

Researchers receive $8.3 million NIH grant to illuminate the causes of spina bifida

Researchers receive $8.3 million NIH grant to illuminate the causes of spina bifida

Doctors propose ways to reduce obstetrical complications in women with endometriosis

Doctors propose ways to reduce obstetrical complications in women with endometriosis

High levels of folic acid during pregnancy could harm brain development of embryos

High levels of folic acid during pregnancy could harm brain development of embryos

Pandemic upends the lives of people with disabilities — and of their caregivers

Pandemic upends the lives of people with disabilities — and of their caregivers

Study shows high folate levels associated with improved cognition in older adults

Study shows high folate levels associated with improved cognition in older adults

Spina bifida surgery before birth more effective at healing neurological structure

Spina bifida surgery before birth more effective at healing neurological structure

Low folate levels associated with malnutrition in hospital patients

Low folate levels associated with malnutrition in hospital patients

Study: Benefits of fetal surgery to repair spina bifida continue through school age

Study: Benefits of fetal surgery to repair spina bifida continue through school age

Fetal surgery for spina bifida makes a huge difference 10 years later

Fetal surgery for spina bifida makes a huge difference 10 years later

Experts highlight emerging trends in spina bifida care

Experts highlight emerging trends in spina bifida care