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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.
High maternal choline intake may reduce risk of hypertension and diabetes in babies

High maternal choline intake may reduce risk of hypertension and diabetes in babies

New drug combination could offer hope to children with neuroblastoma

New drug combination could offer hope to children with neuroblastoma

Study reveals decline in number of babies born with birth defects across Europe

Study reveals decline in number of babies born with birth defects across Europe

Foods fortified with folic acid can prevent neural tube defects

Foods fortified with folic acid can prevent neural tube defects

Folic acid fortification may reduce incidence of some childhood cancers

Folic acid fortification may reduce incidence of some childhood cancers

No significant differences in absorption between tablet and softgel capsule forms of folic acid

No significant differences in absorption between tablet and softgel capsule forms of folic acid

TherapeuticsMD introduces third prescription prenatal vitamin

TherapeuticsMD introduces third prescription prenatal vitamin

John and Rebecca Moores professor earns UH 2012 Ester Farfel Award

John and Rebecca Moores professor earns UH 2012 Ester Farfel Award

Women & Infants named lead center in 14-site study of cytomegalovirus

Women & Infants named lead center in 14-site study of cytomegalovirus

Earlier start of micronutrient supplementation better for pregnant women and the unborn child

Earlier start of micronutrient supplementation better for pregnant women and the unborn child

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