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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.
Diabetic mothers and risk of birth defects in baby: Study

Diabetic mothers and risk of birth defects in baby: Study

Massachusetts seniors and workers rally against cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Massachusetts seniors and workers rally against cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid

Pesticides, pollutants increase risk of spina bifida and anencephaly in rural China

Pesticides, pollutants increase risk of spina bifida and anencephaly in rural China

High glucose and oxidative stress stimulate AMPK in embryo

High glucose and oxidative stress stimulate AMPK in embryo

UPC develops active knee-ankle orthosis to assist gait in people with incomplete SCI

UPC develops active knee-ankle orthosis to assist gait in people with incomplete SCI

Weill Cornell receives NIH's T-R01 Award for spina bifida research

Weill Cornell receives NIH's T-R01 Award for spina bifida research

NC researchers proposes health-based approach to identify groups at high risk of genocide

NC researchers proposes health-based approach to identify groups at high risk of genocide

Invacare announces winners of Real Life campaign contest

Invacare announces winners of Real Life campaign contest

Lab grown windpipe saves cancer patient

Lab grown windpipe saves cancer patient

Mothers' B vitamin intake protects children against intestinal tumors

Mothers' B vitamin intake protects children against intestinal tumors

Folic acid during pregnancy reduces rate of colon cancer in offspring

Folic acid during pregnancy reduces rate of colon cancer in offspring

Extensive folic acid fortification of foods prevents neural tube defects in neonates

Extensive folic acid fortification of foods prevents neural tube defects in neonates

Softgels as effective as tablets in delivering folic acid

Softgels as effective as tablets in delivering folic acid

Early surgery, timely treatment and prenatal diagnosis can help prevent oral clefts

Early surgery, timely treatment and prenatal diagnosis can help prevent oral clefts

Teenagers with scoliosis can benefit from new generation spine implants

Teenagers with scoliosis can benefit from new generation spine implants

More research needed to determine link between folic acid and breast cancer

More research needed to determine link between folic acid and breast cancer

Surgical procedure to repair spina bifida while still in the uterus may help the baby walk after birth

Surgical procedure to repair spina bifida while still in the uterus may help the baby walk after birth

Seven-year study demonstrates clear benefits of fetal surgery to treat spina bifida in babies

Seven-year study demonstrates clear benefits of fetal surgery to treat spina bifida in babies

Women with high folic acid levels may impact child's risk of developing asthma

Women with high folic acid levels may impact child's risk of developing asthma

New study: Fetal surgery for spina bifida greatly improves child's mobility

New study: Fetal surgery for spina bifida greatly improves child's mobility