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

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

Researchers find that weight-loss strategies sorely lacking for individuals with neurological disabilities

Researchers find that weight-loss strategies sorely lacking for individuals with neurological disabilities

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announces Quality of Life grants for 75 nonprofit organizations

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation announces Quality of Life grants for 75 nonprofit organizations

Too much folic acid during pregnancy puts daughters at risk of diabetes, obesity later in life

Too much folic acid during pregnancy puts daughters at risk of diabetes, obesity later in life

Most Americans unaware of the positive benefits of folic acid

Most Americans unaware of the positive benefits of folic acid

Taking folic acid supplementation before conception reduces risk of SGA at birth

Taking folic acid supplementation before conception reduces risk of SGA at birth

Joslin researcher identifies molecular pathway that causes neural tube defects in diabetic pregnancies

Joslin researcher identifies molecular pathway that causes neural tube defects in diabetic pregnancies

UM researchers explain signaling systems that tissues use to communicate at the head-trunk region

UM researchers explain signaling systems that tissues use to communicate at the head-trunk region

Glue produced by sandcastle worm solves premature births that result from fetal surgery

Glue produced by sandcastle worm solves premature births that result from fetal surgery

United Spinal partners with Airshells to provide access to safety bags for people living with disabilities

United Spinal partners with Airshells to provide access to safety bags for people living with disabilities

Research sheds light on how wounds heal

Research sheds light on how wounds heal

Researchers investigate functional performance in children with spina bifida

Researchers investigate functional performance in children with spina bifida

Allergy & Asthma Network, ALAA to increase awareness on life-threatening latex allergies

Allergy & Asthma Network, ALAA to increase awareness on life-threatening latex allergies

United Spinal Association, NSCIA to convene at ROCH to address disability issues

United Spinal Association, NSCIA to convene at ROCH to address disability issues

Women taking folic acid supplement may be at risk of reducing folate benefit through sun exposure

Women taking folic acid supplement may be at risk of reducing folate benefit through sun exposure

Scientists develop unique cells to repair patient's defective and diseased bladder

Scientists develop unique cells to repair patient's defective and diseased bladder

Six in every ten serious heart defects in foetuses go undetected in ultrasound scans

Six in every ten serious heart defects in foetuses go undetected in ultrasound scans

Study on Zebrafish neurons could lead to better understanding of birth defects in humans

Study on Zebrafish neurons could lead to better understanding of birth defects in humans

Study reveals that more than 14% of pregnant women are prescribed opioids for pain

Study reveals that more than 14% of pregnant women are prescribed opioids for pain

Large amounts of choline may be needed to support fetal development during pregnancy

Large amounts of choline may be needed to support fetal development during pregnancy