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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 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

Study provides possible clue to high rate of preterm labor after human fetal surgery

Study provides possible clue to high rate of preterm labor after human fetal surgery

Role of folate in development, progression of breast cancer highly controversial

Role of folate in development, progression of breast cancer highly controversial

WHO releases new report on spinal cord injury

WHO releases new report on spinal cord injury

Pre-existing diabetes in pregnant women doubles risk of death of infants

Pre-existing diabetes in pregnant women doubles risk of death of infants

Scientists uncover new mechanism through which gene expression is regulated

Scientists uncover new mechanism through which gene expression is regulated

Researchers discover severe health consequences of folic acid deficiency

Researchers discover severe health consequences of folic acid deficiency

Folic acid deficiency may be associated with multi-generational impact on health

Folic acid deficiency may be associated with multi-generational impact on health

Researchers discover link between epilepsy drug and risk of having baby with birth defects

Researchers discover link between epilepsy drug and risk of having baby with birth defects

Viewpoints: Latest Health law delay just a 'glitch;' feds' overhaul of health care gets many 'moving parts wrong'

Viewpoints: Latest Health law delay just a 'glitch;' feds' overhaul of health care gets many 'moving parts wrong'

Advocates for disability, autism care brace for impact of health law provisions

Advocates for disability, autism care brace for impact of health law provisions

NKX2-8 mutation in dogs may be a risk factor for human neural tube defects, say researchers

NKX2-8 mutation in dogs may be a risk factor for human neural tube defects, say researchers