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

Doctors in U.K. Repair Spinal Cords in the Womb
A team of surgeons this summer successfully repaired the spinal cords to treat spina bifida in two babies before birth, the first surgery of its kind in Britain. (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

Spina bifida surgery performed on two babies in the womb in UK first
In a UK first, a team of international surgeons successfully operated on the abnormally developed spines of two unborn babies with spina bifida. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Surgeons repair babies' spinal cords in the womb in UK first
Team at London ’s University College hospital performed the surgeries to treat spina bifidaWeeks before they even took their first breaths, two babies had their spinal cords delicately repaired by surgeons in the first operations of their kind in the UK.The spina bifida surgeries were successfully performed by a team at University College hospital in London this summer on two babies while they were still in the womb.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 24, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Press Association Tags: NHS Society UCL (University College London) Hospitals Children Pregnancy Childbirth Parents and parenting Health Science Source Type: news

Folic acid may be added to flour: government to consult
Flour may be fortified with folic acid to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida Related items fromOnMedica Gestational weight loss or gain linked to poor outcome in children UK lagging behind peers on child health Caffeine in pregnancy linked to risk of child overweight Maximum folate intake advice based on ‘flawed’ analysis, say researchers High gluten intake during pregnancy associated with diabetes (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - October 24, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Government to consult on fortifying flour with folic acid
The government has announced that it will consult on the mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid to prevent foetal abnormalities such as spina bifida. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - October 23, 2018 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Perspectives on adding folic acid to flour to prevent spinal bifida | Letters
Dr JK Anand, Chris Pageand Pam Lunnreflect on the UK government ’s decisionOf course the planned fortification of flour with folic acid will help – where the cause of spina bifida is nutritional deficiency of folic acid (All UK flour to be given folic acid additive, 15 October). However, it can not conceivably prevent the defect where it is due to genetic factors – two defective genes from two parents coming together.In some parts of the world consanguineous marriages are commoner than in others. An academic paper in the Journal of Health, Population and Nutrition (Vol 32, No 2, June 2014) by Nazish Jabee...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 15, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Health Pregnancy Disability Society Food Parents and parenting Family & wellbeing Life and style Children Genetics Science Source Type: news

Folic acid supplements during pregnancy found to impart huge psychological benefits to children
(Natural News) Hey, mommies: Don’t stop taking your folic acid. The synthetic form of vitamin B9, otherwise known as folate, is typically recommended a month before conceiving and three months into the pregnancy. This is to prevent neural tube defects (NTDs) in the child such as spina bifida and anencephaly. However, a team from Ulster... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Risk factors for mental health problems in children with cerebral palsy and spina bifida - Kohleis K, Storck M, Geissler-Preuss S, Hirsch A, Kuhn FD, Ortfeld S, Rapp M, Bode H.
BACKGROUND: Children with cerebral palsy (CP) and spina bifida (SB) are at an increased risk for mental health problems. Aim of this study was to correlate disease specific and psychosocial risk factors with characteristic mental health problems. PATIENTS:... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

'Giving babies with spina bifida a chance'
Actress Ruth Madeley, who has spina bifida, considers the ground-breaking surgery that can help babies with the condition - while they're still in the womb. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - July 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ETV/CPC show positive outcomes in babies with hydrocephalus
Hydrocephalus, literally “water on the brain,” is an abnormal build-up of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain cavities known as ventricles. In infants, it can be congenital (it often accompanies spina bifida, for example), or it can be caused by brain hemorrhage or infection. The usual treatment is surgery to implant a shunt, which drains the excess fluid into the abdomen, relieving pressure on the brain. But over time, shunts nearly always fail, requiring emergency neurosurgery to repair or replace them. But emergency neurosurgery is not something that’s readily available outside of metropolitan areas. Untr...
Source: Mass Device - July 24, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blog Vector Blog Source Type: news

Added Folate May Have Helped Cut Kids' Psychosis
Beyond protecting against defects such as spina bifida, fortifying the grain supply with folic acid may also enhance fetal brain development and lower the long-term risk for developing psychosis, a new study suggests. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Folic acid supplements can reduce the risk of stroke by 73% in hypertensive patients
(Natural News) Expectant mothers are quite familiar with the importance of ensuring they get enough folic acid to help prevent birth defects like spina bifida, but it turns out that there’s another group who can benefit greatly from this vitamin: adults with hypertension. According to a study published in the Journal of the American College... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Spina bifida charity accuses midwives of 'scaremongering'
Nurse Gill Yaz, of the spina bifida charity Shine, said she feared the number of women taking folic acid could drop if women got the false message it was harmful. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Transitioning Youth With Spina Bifida to Adult Healthcare Transitioning Youth With Spina Bifida to Adult Healthcare
What can clinicians do to help patients with spina bifida successfully transition from pediatric to adult health care?Pediatric Nursing (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nursing Journal Article Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What causes spina bifida occulta?
A look at spina bifida occulta, a condition that affects the development of the spine. Included is detail on its development in the womb and complications. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 27, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Bones / Orthopedics Source Type: news

International Spina Bifida experts shapes future research, shares insights for practical care
(IOS Press) In order to provide a multidisciplinary forum for research in spina bifida, the Spina Bifida Association (SBA) sponsored the Third World Congress on Spina Bifida Research and Care in 2017. This special issue of the Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine (JPRM) presents significant contributions from that conference. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Put folic acid in bread to protect babies, says study
A major new study has concluded that adding folic acid to flour and bread in Britain would help protect babies from devastating medical conditions such as spina bifida. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Low carb diets linked to risk of birth defects
Pregnant women on low carb diets like Kim Kardashian's Keto regimen are at a 30 precent greater risk of having a baby with spina bifida, according to a new University of North Carolina study. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Healing Edge: After Surgery in the Womb, a Baby Kicks Up Hope
Baby Boy Royce, who underwent an operation for spina bifida as a fetus, had the biggest defect that the surgical team had attempted to repair. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - January 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DENISE GRADY Tags: Surgery and Surgeons Babies and Infants Texas Children's Hospital spina bifida fetal surgery Source Type: news

Welsh and Scottish health ministers call for folic acid in flour
They say UK wide policy will help reduce neural tube defects such as spina bifida Related items fromOnMedica Multivitamins in pregnancy ‘should be avoided’ Europe should introduce mandatory folic acid fortification, study says Mums-to-be with diabetes ill-prepared to cope with increased complications risk Scotland plans to fortify flour with folic acid UK failure to fortify flour with folic acid has caused 2,000+ cases of neural tube defect (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - December 4, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UC Davis gets $2M from AHRQ to test telemedicine program for children with physical disabilities
The University of California at Davis Health System has received a $2 million grant over five years to test a telemedicine program for children with  cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries, and other disabilities. According to the AHRQ database, UC Davis will receive $396,557 for FY 2017. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - November 20, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Surgeons fixed a baby's spina bifida in mother's womb
Surgeons performed a rare in utero surgery to fix the opening in a fetus's back caused by spina bifida for the first time in June. Healthy baby Eiko son was born 10 weeks later. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

$2 million grant brings telemedicine to children with disabilities
(University of California - Davis Health System) The UC Davis Department of Pediatrics has received a $2 million, five-year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to fund a new telemedicine program for children in remote communities. The School-Based Tele-Physiatry Assistance for Rehabilitative and Therapeutic Services (STARS) program will provide critical physiatry care for kids with cerebral palsy, spina bifida, spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Surgeons repair spina bifida in fetus for first time in Canada, hospitals say
For the first time in Canada, a team of surgeons has successfully performed in-utero surgery to repair a form of spina bifida, two Toronto hospitals say. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Surgeons repair spina bifida in fetus for 1st time in Canada, hospitals say
For the first time in Canada, a team of surgeons has successfully performed in-utero surgery to repair a form of spina bifida, two Toronto hospitals say. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - November 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Health Source Type: news

Pictures show surgeons taking womb out of expectant mother
The child of Joshuwa and Lexi Royer was operated on in Texas last month - before being born. Doctors performed a groundbreaking surgery to treat the child's spina bifida. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Lights, Camera and, Yes, Music: Reporting From the Operating Room as Doctors Perform Fetal Surgery
Neil Young was singing, “ I want to see you dance again, ” as Lexi Royer ’ s son came into view. He seemed to be kneeling inside her womb. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DENISE GRADY Tags: Surgery and Surgeons Pregnancy and Childbirth Uterus Spina Bifida Birth Defects Source Type: news

The Healing Edge: To Mend a Birth Defect, Surgeons Operate on the Patient Within the Patient
In a startling experimental procedure, doctors lift the uterus from a pregnant woman and operate on a fetus with miniature instruments. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - October 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DENISE GRADY Tags: Pregnancy and Childbirth Birth Defects Spina Bifida Disabilities Surgery and Surgeons Baylor College of Medicine Texas Children's Hospital Source Type: news

Looking at the whole child: Coordinated care for spina bifida helps Jeffrey thrive
Jeffrey Marotz and his family may have driven to Boston Children’s Hospital from their home in New York, but it was really the boy’s feet that brought him here. Born with severe spina bifida, a complex birth defect that affects the development of a child’s spinal cord, spine and brain, Jeffrey had also been diagnosed with clubfoot, a related orthopedic condition that causes the foot to twist unnaturally. Previous surgeries hadn’t worked and the braces that had been custom made for then three-year-old Jeffrey didn’t fit correctly. “Nothing was working,” says his mom, Michelle. A tea...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - October 18, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jenny Fernandez Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories clubfoot Dr. Benjamin Warf Dr. Carlos Estrada Dr. Lawrence Karlin Dr. Terry Buchmiller Rebecca Sherlock spina bifida Source Type: news

Research proves bioengineering as viable alternative to open fetal repair for spina bifida
(Children's Hospital Colorado) Researchers from Children's Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus recently discovered a promising alternative to open fetal surgery for spina bifida repair. The team, led by Ahmed Marwan, MD, has developed an alternative approach to current in utero treatment for spina bifida: a minimally-invasive repair using a bioengineered material -- a reverse thermal gel (RTG) -- to cover the neural tube defects (NTD) at an earlier gestational age than traditional treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Does folic acid prevent obesity in kids?
There's no question that women of childbearing age should take?folic acid?because it reduces a baby's risk of being born with spina bifida, a neural tube defect. New research shows there may be another good reason for expectant mothers to take the mineral: It may prevent?obesity in children.?Dr. Alva Roche Green, a Mayo Clinic family physician, [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - September 13, 2017 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Pushing past the pain: Morgan ’s journey with spina bifida
“Be glad you can use your legs now. You might not always be able to.” That’s what Morgan Gautreau was told by a neurosurgeon in Alabama six years ago, one of many doctors she had seen seeking a solution for her nearly constant back pain caused by a tethered spinal cord due to spina bifida occulta. Luckily, she and her family didn’t take his words to heart, but kept looking for help. Early surgeries Morgan’s journey with back pain began when she was in fourth grade. “I was at a Louisiana State University game and I realized my back was hurting. It just came out of the blue,” Morgan...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 8, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Nicole Nover Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Bartley Cilento Dr. Benjamin Warf Dr. Carlos Estrada Dr. Michelle Baum neonatal and congenital anomaly neurosurgery spina bifida Spina Bifida Center Spina Bifida Clinic tethered cord Source Type: news

Honda giving $1M to Nationwide Children's Hospital for mobility research
Honda will give Nationwide Children ’s Hospital $1 million to kickstart a mobility analysis center, the organizations announced Tuesday. The gift, which will be paid over four years, will help establish the “Honda Center for Gait Analysis and Mobility Enhancement,” which will focus on improving pediatric mobility for patients w ith conditions like cerebral palsy and spina bifida. “We believe at Honda that our philanthropic gifts should benefit the communities where our associates live and… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 20, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jeremy Hill Source Type: news

Social workers and medical students: ‘the ideal team’
Matthew Hing is a first-year medical student at UCLA, but on this April morning he ’s a visitor in a nondescript building on Lincoln Boulevard in Venice — the St. Joseph Center, home of the Chronically Homeless Intervention Program.Hing enters through a back door, weaving through a crowd of homeless people who gather each morning to take advantage of St. Joseph ’s services. This isn’t your typical med school classroom, but Hing believes the experience will be a vital part of his training — adding more educational insight to his medical school curriculum.Thanks to a partnership between the &nbs...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - June 19, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news