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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 suggest need for human studies to examine effects of cannabinoid use during pregnancy

Researchers suggest need for human studies to examine effects of cannabinoid use during pregnancy

Researchers identify mutant traits in mouse for many human disease genes

Researchers identify mutant traits in mouse for many human disease genes

Cryopreserved human umbilical cord patch shows promise in treating fetal spina bifida

Cryopreserved human umbilical cord patch shows promise in treating fetal spina bifida

New research holds potential to improve fetal surgery outcomes

New research holds potential to improve fetal surgery outcomes

New study may contribute to ongoing debate on fortification program

New study may contribute to ongoing debate on fortification program

Xiao procedure lacks efficacy for bladder control in children

Xiao procedure lacks efficacy for bladder control in children

Excessive fat accumulation in lower extremities of children linked to insulin resistance, metabolic disorders

Excessive fat accumulation in lower extremities of children linked to insulin resistance, metabolic disorders

Latest and final review of health problems related to Agent Orange exposure during Vietnam War

Latest and final review of health problems related to Agent Orange exposure during Vietnam War

UTHealth researchers demonstrate new way to reduce preterm birth

UTHealth researchers demonstrate new way to reduce preterm birth

United Spinal denounces Uber's new Washington, D.C. TAXI WHEELCHAIR option as inadequate, unsustainable

United Spinal denounces Uber's new Washington, D.C. TAXI WHEELCHAIR option as inadequate, unsustainable

Children with cleft lip or palate and spina bifida at increased risk for abuse

Children with cleft lip or palate and spina bifida at increased risk for abuse

Researchers identify factors that increase risk of cardiac arrest during pediatric spine surgeries

Researchers identify factors that increase risk of cardiac arrest during pediatric spine surgeries

Smartphone app may improve self-management skills in young patients with spina bifida

Smartphone app may improve self-management skills in young patients with spina bifida

Fetuses with enlarged ventricles are not ideal candidates for fetal spina bifida surgery

Fetuses with enlarged ventricles are not ideal candidates for fetal spina bifida surgery

Prenatal repair of myelomeningocele reduces need for CSF shunt within 12 months of life, shows MOMS data

Prenatal repair of myelomeningocele reduces need for CSF shunt within 12 months of life, shows MOMS data

Study shows lack of folic acid enrichment in Europe causes foaetal abnormalities

Study shows lack of folic acid enrichment in Europe causes foaetal abnormalities

Age UK North Tyneside launches professional new care at home service

Age UK North Tyneside launches professional new care at home service

University of Georgia's Lynn Bailey leads international paper on folate biomarkers

University of Georgia's Lynn Bailey leads international paper on folate biomarkers

Study on how maternal proteins help regulate initial cell divisions during early development

Study on how maternal proteins help regulate initial cell divisions during early development

New osteoporosis drug may also be useful for treating brittle bone disease

New osteoporosis drug may also be useful for treating brittle bone disease