Tiny miracle: amid pandemic, state ’s first fetal surgery for spina bifida
On March 21, a team of Yale doctors made history with Connecticut ’s first fetal surgery to correct myelomeningocele — a complete success. (Source: Yale Science and Health News)
Source: Yale Science and Health News - April 17, 2020 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic research finds spina bifida surgery before birth restores brain structure
(Mayo Clinic) Surgery performed on a fetus in the womb to repair defects from spina bifida triggers the body's ability to restore normal brain structure, Mayo Clinic research discovered. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic research finds spina bifida surgery before birth restores brain structure
ROCHESTER, Minn. -- Surgery performed on a fetus in the womb to repair defects from spina bifida triggers the body's ability to restore normal brain structure, Mayo Clinic research discovered. Research by Rodrigo Ruano, M.D., Ph.D., chair of Mayo Clinic's Division of Maternal and Fetal Medicine, finds that fetal surgery to correct congenital spinal cord [...] (Source: Mayo Clinic Minnesota News)
Source: Mayo Clinic Minnesota News - April 1, 2020 Category: Hospital Management Source Type: news

Baby with spina bifida has surgery on spine while in the WOMB
Joanne Crellin, 37, from Douglas on the Isle of Man, agreed to a complex fetal operation when she was 26 weeks pregnant after finding out her son, Blay, would suffer with spina bifida. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Benefits of fetal surgery to repair spina bifida persist through school age
The procedure corrects myelomeningocele, the most serious form of spina bifida. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - January 24, 2020 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Benefits of fetal surgery for spina bifida continue through school age
(Vanderbilt University Medical Center) The benefits of fetal surgery to repair spina bifida, a procedure pioneered at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in 1997, continue through school age, a National Institutes of Health (NIH) study reports today in the journal Pediatrics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Benefits of fetal surgery for spina bifida persist in school-age children
(Children's Hospital of Philadelphia) In a follow-up to the landmark 2011 study that demonstrated prenatal surgery for spina bifida has measurable benefits over surgery after birth for one of the most disabling neural tube defects, researchers have published new findings. These findings show significant physical and emotional benefits a decade later in school-age children who received corrective surgery in the womb for myelomeningocele, the most severe form of spina bifida. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 24, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Immigration and transition: Emerging trends in spina bifida care
(IOS Press) In this collection of articles in the Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (JPRM) experts highlight the emerging trends in spina bifida care in response to challenges faced by spina bifida patients and their physicians due to demographic shifts in age and ethnicity and other societal factors. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cochrane systematic review informs WHO guidelines, policy
Originally published in the Cornell ChronicleFolate is an essential B-vitamin that is needed for DNA synthesis and cell division. Folate deficiency can lead to anemia, and deficiency early in pregnancy can lead to neural tube defects – birth defects of the brain, spine and spinal cord, including spina bifida.A Cochrane systematic review on the benefits and safety of fortifying wheat or maize flour with folic acid and population health outcomes, led by scientists in the  Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell, found that fortification with folic acid (the synthetic form of folate) may improve folate sta...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - December 10, 2019 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Adorable boy, 2, with spina bifida is thriving thanks to emergency surgery
Leo Harris, two, of Utah, was diagnosed with spina bifida in the womb. Thanks to emergency surgery after his birth, he is now moving around more than expected, say his parents Shaylise and Alex. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Environmental buttocks burns in children and adolescents with spina bifida in the Southwestern United States - Murphy PS, Kleinwachter N, Medina E.
PURPOSE: Spina Bifida (SB) is a congenital defect of the neural tube resulting in motor and sensory defects and frequently includes insensate skin on the buttocks and feet which are innervated by sacral nerves. For those living in hot climates such as the ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Implementation of intimate partner violence education for adolescents with spina bifida - Levin-Decanini T, Miller E, Houtrow A, Kreashko L, Cassidy B.
This study evaluated the feasibility of implementing a brief educational training based on an evidence-based intimate partner viole... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

UK health officials approve 'life-changing' spina bifida surgery which is done in the WOMB
The NHS's medical director in England, Professor Stephen Powis, said the health service would be offering the pioneering surgery 'in just a few weeks' to babies with spina bifida. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NICE supports procedure to treat spina bifida on unborn babies
Guidance insists only specialists carry out innovative pre-birth operation Related items fromOnMedica Scans show severe brain damage in Zika-affected babies Low birthweight linked to higher mortality right up to adolescence Maternal gestational diabetes increases risk of autism Pregnancy BMI has little impact on children ’s fatness Beam therapy hope for childhood cancer treatment (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - September 26, 2019 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Infographic: Fetal surgery for spina bifida
Learn more about fetal surgery.More healthtip infographics: mayohealthhighlights.startribune.com (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - July 31, 2019 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Superdrug recalls orange-flavoured pregnancy vitamins
UK high street retailer Superdrug has recalled its own products and acknowledged the 200mcg of folic acid they contain falls short of the 400mcg recommended by the NHS to prevent spina bifida. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Model with spina bifida, 29, YouTube channel to answer the questions people are scared to ask
Danielle Marx, 29, from Ohio, never realized she was different as a child, but now she has decided to be an open book to answer questions for others, and for kids with conditions like hers. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Boy who had surgery in the womb to treat spina bifida is now walking at 18 months
Charley Royer, of California, was not expected to be at all mobile. Now, at 18 months, he is dancing and walking independently thanks to surgery in the womb to treat him. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Boy, 1, thriving after groundbreaking surgery in the WOMB to treat spina bifida
When Charley's condition first became apparent on the 13-week scan, California sweethearts Lexi and Joshuwa Royer were advised to consider abortion. But they heard about a new experiment. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 25, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Boy Who Had Spinal Surgery in the Womb Stands on His Own Two Feet
Operating before birth can minimize nerve damage caused by severe defects in tissue around the spinal column. (Source: NYT)
Source: NYT - June 24, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Denise Grady Tags: Pregnancy and Childbirth Paralysis Birth Defects Spina Bifida Disabilities Spine (Body Part) Fetal surgery Texas Children ' s Hospital your-feed-healthcare Source Type: news

Kenya: Living Life to the Full Despite Challenges From Spina Bifida
[Nation] It's every mother's desire to give birth to a healthy baby. But this is not always fulfilled as some babies are born with conditions that can be life threatening. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 24, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Baby girl thriving after first in-utero surgery to treat spina bifida performed at Cleveland Clinic
The Cleveland Clinic in Ohio performed its first in-utero spina bifida surgery on a 23-week-old fetus in February. The baby girl was born at 37 weeks on June 3 via C-section and is doing well (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cleveland Clinic performs its first in utero fetal surgery
(Cleveland Clinic) Cleveland Clinic has successfully performed its first in utero fetal surgery to repair a spina bifida birth defect in a nearly 23-week-old fetus. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Folic acid: Consultation starts on plan to fortify flour
The government is consulting on the plan, aimed at preventing birth defects such as spina bifida. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Baby girl thriving at two months after breakthrough surgery in the WOMB to treat spina bifida
Emery Greene Mullen, two months, had in-utero surgery after she was diagnosed spina bifida, a severe birth defect that occurs when the spinal cord doesn't form properly, before she was born. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Deontay Wilder started boxing to support his daughter with spina bifida
Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder earned a fearful reputation for his power in the boxing ring. He plans to use it Saturday night in an electrifying title bout against Dominic Breazeale in New York. But what happens to all that power and intimidation outside the ring? Dana Jacobson found out. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 20, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Surgeons operate on baby inside womb
Surgeons at King's College Hospital have corrected spina bifida in an unborn baby. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Spina bifida: Keyhole surgery repairs baby spine in womb
Doctors say the surgery could be the difference between some children learning to walk or not. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - May 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heartwarming moment boy, 5, with spina bifida walks for the first time at his preschool graduation
Blake Mompher, five, was diagnosed with spina bifida when his mother was 20 weeks pregnant. He walked for the first time without his wheelchair on Saturday at his preschool graduation in Ohio. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 16, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Florida girl, two, with spina bifida learns to walk by marching to the beat of 'Baby Shark' song
Harper Comparin, two, from St Petersburg, Florida, was born with spina bifida. She learned to walk to the tune of the song 'Baby Shak', which doctors used as a metronome. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 2, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fascinating video shows surgeons doing a pioneering spine operation on a baby inside the WOMB
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT. Dr Wael El Banna, a surgeon in Cairo, Egypt, filmed a spinal repair operation done on a baby with spina bifida in which he removes the pregnant mother's womb. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 23, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Spina bifida womb op baby back home in Essex
Two-week-old Elouise Simpson is home after "foetal repair" surgery following a spina bifida diagnosis. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - April 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

2-year-old with spina bifida now running after taking inspiring first steps
A little boy from Kansas, born with a rare condition, has become an inspiration around the world. Video captured the moments Roman Dinkel defied the odds and walked for the first time. Now, he's running. "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor explains. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

2-year-old with spina bifida inspiring millions
A video of Roman Dinkel walking for the first time has been viewed millions of times (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - April 10, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vitamania: should we all be popping vitamin pills? – Science Weekly podcast
With almost half of British adults taking a daily vitamin,Graihagh Jackson and guests examine our love of supplements - including recent announcments about fortifying flour with folic acidAlmost half of adults in Britain take vitamins every day and wespend more on supplements than painkillers. This spring, the government will discuss whether to fortify flour with folic acid. The aim of the proposal is to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida by increasing folate intake in pregnant women.Graihagh Jackson looks atthe history of vitamins withDr Salim Al-Gailanifrom the University of Cambridge, discusses the forthcoming g...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 22, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Presented and produced by Graihagh Jackson Tags: Food science Diets and dieting Health & wellbeing Source Type: news

Expectant moms may prevent neural tube defects in their babies by supplementing with inositol plus folic acid
(Natural News) Mothers only want what’s best for their children. Many of them start taking supplements during their pregnancy — even prior to it — to ensure that their child is born as healthy as possible. Folic acid supplements are essential for preventing neural tube defects like spina bifida and anencephaly. This severe congenital malformation affects... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Sexual Dysfunction and Infertility in Male Spina Bifida Sexual Dysfunction and Infertility in Male Spina Bifida
Spina bifida is a condition that can result in neurological deficits, but impacts on sexual function and fertility should also be considered.Translational Andrology and Urology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Urology Journal Article Source Type: news

Killing it with crutches, athlete with spina bifida takes on extreme racing
Misty Diaz showed no fear as she lined up for the Red Bull 400, a brutal foot race straight up the Olympic ski jump in Park City, Utah. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - February 15, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Spina bifida: Keeping fit when you are in a wheelchair
Amelia Taylor-Ash trains at the gym with personal trainer Joe and isn't looking back. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 13, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Essex baby's spine 'repaired' in the womb
Bethan Simpson's daughter Eloise had a "foetal repair" carried out at 24 weeks after a spina bifida diagnosis. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - February 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pregnant woman whose baby has spina bifida has pioneering surgery to correct the birth defect
Bethan Simpson, 26, of Burnham, Essex, was first advised to terminate her pregnancy when doctors discovered her baby had the birth defect spina bifida during her 20-week scan. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 11, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

British government urged to add folic acid to white bread as a public health measure; proponents say it would save hundreds of lives each year
(Natural News) A study carried out by researchers from the Queen Mary University of London have called on the U.K., as well as other countries, to look at the mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid to curb spina bifida cases and other neural tube defects (NTDs). The study, which was published in Public Health, explained that an earlier... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 27, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Interferon regulatory factor 6 mutations implicated in neural tube defects, including spina bifida
(Children's National Health System) Mutations in a gene known as interferon regulatory factor 6 that cause cleft lip and palate also are implicated in neural tube defects such as spina bifida, suggests research by an international study team published online Jan. 25, 2019, in Human Molecular Genetics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - January 25, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Spinal surgery for babies in the womb
Spinal surgery for spina bifida for babies in the womb is among treatments that will be routinely available on the NHS for the first time, NHS England has announced. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - December 27, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

NHS to fund spinal surgery for unborn babies
Corrective spina bifida surgery among new treatments available from April Related items fromOnMedica BMA calls for ‘national standard for autism care’ NICE sets care standards for spasticity Child health should be election priority say experts and public England falling behind on child health A child under 15 dies every five seconds around the world (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 24, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

$5.66 million CIRM grant strengthens researchers' spina bifida work
(University of California - Davis) UC Davis researchers have received a $5.66 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) supporting their research on stem-cell therapies for spina bifida. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Does folic acid prevent childhood obesity?: Mayo Clinic Radio Health Minute
Health care professionals have known for decades that women of childbearing age should take folic acid, because it reduces a baby's risk of being born with the neural tube defect, spina bifida. New research shows there may be another good reason for mothers-to-be to take the mineral ? it may prevent obesity in children. In [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - November 29, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Surgeons carry out spine surgery in the womb
Scientists can repair a potentially disabling spine defect, spina bifida, in the womb. This procedure is becoming more widely available little by little. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics / Children's Health Source Type: news

Spinal Cord Repaired in the Womb, in First Surgery of its Kind in U.K.
A team of surgeons this summer successfully repaired the spinal cords to treat spina bifida in two babies before birth. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CEYLAN YEGINSU Tags: Birth Defects Surgery and Surgeons University College London Great Ormond Street Hospital Great Britain Spina Bifida Babies and Infants Source Type: news