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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.
Spina bifida on the decline in Australia

Spina bifida on the decline in Australia

Botox injections to treat children with cerebral palsy

Botox injections to treat children with cerebral palsy

Ohio State budget cuts jeopardize medical coverage

Ohio State budget cuts jeopardize medical coverage

Virginia Health urges women of childbearing age to take folic acid

Virginia Health urges women of childbearing age to take folic acid

Russian doctors appreciate benefits of natural remedies

Russian doctors appreciate benefits of natural remedies

Folic acid important before pregnancy

Folic acid important before pregnancy

A genetic variant (MTHFR C677T) puts half the population at increased risk of neural tube defects

A genetic variant (MTHFR C677T) puts half the population at increased risk of neural tube defects

25% of women in many countries voluntarily take folic acid tablets before conception

25% of women in many countries voluntarily take folic acid tablets before conception

Two serious birth defects in the U. S. are on the decline

Two serious birth defects in the U. S. are on the decline

Spina bifida on the decline

Spina bifida on the decline

Breast feeding increases choline which means more brain cells

Breast feeding increases choline which means more brain cells