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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.
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

UCSF scientists explore how Dact1 mutations contribute to psychiatric disorders

UCSF scientists explore how Dact1 mutations contribute to psychiatric disorders

GZS releases WebTracker-Hemophilia EHR patient registry system

GZS releases WebTracker-Hemophilia EHR patient registry system

Link between folic acid supplements and reduced risk of autism

Link between folic acid supplements and reduced risk of autism

Caffeine intake during pregnancy associated with low birth weight babies

Caffeine intake during pregnancy associated with low birth weight babies

New regeneration approach could be used for people with bladder issues

New regeneration approach could be used for people with bladder issues

Folic acid supplements reduce risk of giving birth to children with autism

Folic acid supplements reduce risk of giving birth to children with autism

Cause of esodeviation differs in children, adults

Cause of esodeviation differs in children, adults

Lack of Mthfd1l enzyme causes neural tube defects in developing embryos

Lack of Mthfd1l enzyme causes neural tube defects in developing embryos

March of Dimes book offers scientifically-based advice for pregnant women, tips for new parents

March of Dimes book offers scientifically-based advice for pregnant women, tips for new parents