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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

Fighting for Kennedy: Coping with moyamoya disease
If you happen to be waiting in line at the supermarket with Kennedy Grace Cheshire, you’ll likely leave the store with a whole new group of friends. This outgoing five-year-old can’t resist introducing herself to her fellow shoppers — and then introducing them to each other. “She’s never met a stranger,” says her mother, Amber. Kennedy, who lives in Texas, brought that playful attitude to the East Coast last year when she and her family arrived at Boston Children’s Hospital for evaluation and treatment. At age two, she had been diagnosed with neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1), a genetic co...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - March 21, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Jessica Cerretani Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Edward Smith moyamoya Moyamoya Disease Program Source Type: news

Mom's Postpartum Body Serves As Painful Reminder Of Pregnancy Loss
Struggling with body image after pregnancy is not unusual. What makes Jessica McCoy’s story unique is that she is struggling with postpartum body image after a pregnancy loss, meaning that each stretch mark or extra pound is a reminder of the baby who isn’t there.  The 27-year-old mother posted about the painful experience on Instagram, along with a photo of herself wearing jeans and a bra. The emotional caption describes the feeling of looking at her uncovered body in the mirror since her loss. “Every day I get clothes on and they’re tight,” she wrote. “And every day I&rs...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Coming together from worlds apart for spina bifida care
.twentytwenty-before-label:before {content: "2014" !important; }.twentytwenty-after-label:before {content: "2016" !important; } Molly Gotbeter giggles impishly as she accepts a sugar cookie and frosting from a nurse. She’s sitting patiently on an exam table waiting to see one of her favorite people in the world — Benjamin Warf, MD, director of Neonatal and Congenital Anomaly Neurosurgery at Boston Children’s Hospital. For this visit to the spina bifida clinic, Molly has traveled from her home in Charleston, South Carolina. But her journey to Dr. Warf and Boston Children’s ha...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - February 2, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Ellen Greenlaw Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Benjamin Warf Dr. Terry Buchmiller neonatal and congenital anomaly neurosurgery spina bifida Spina Bifida Center Spina Bifida Clinic tethered cord Source Type: news

Evaluation of the effects of laser tissue welding for spina bifida repair
Spina Bifia is a birth defect where there is incomplete closure of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord. It affects more than 4,000 children born each year in the U.S. and is associated with hydrocephalus (excessive accumulation of fluid on the brain), developmental delay, lifelong disability and death. This preliminary study hoped to determine the effects of laser tissue welding on underlying skin and spinal cord tissue. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 23, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Evaluation of the use of human umbilical cord for in-utero spina bifida repair
Spina Bifida is a birth defect where there is an incomplete closure of the backbone and the coverings around the spinal cord. It affects more than 4,000 children born each year in the United States and is associated with hydrocephalus (fluid in the brain), developmental delay, lifelong disability and death. Spina Bifida is also associated with a need for shunt placement. In-utero surgery has been shown to reduce the need for shunting of hydrocephalus and to improve a child's ability to walk. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 23, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Evaluation of the use of human umbilical cord for in-utero spina bifida repair
(Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine) In a study to be presented Saturday, Jan. 28, in the oral concurrent session at 8:45 a.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™ , researchers evaluated a possible regenerative patch by using human umbilical cord in two studies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Evaluation of the effects of laser tissue welding for spina bifida repair
(Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine) In a study to be presented Saturday, Jan. 28, in the oral concurrent session at 8:45 a.m. PST, at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting ™ , researchers at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas; IBEX, Logan, Utah; and Laser Tissue Welding Inc., Houston, Texas, collaborated on a study titled, Evaluation of the effects of laser tissue welding on the spinal cord and skin in a 30-day study of simulated spina bifida repair in rabbits. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 23, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

U.S. panel recommends folic acid supplements for young women
(Reuters Health) - Women who may get pregnant - whether planned or unplanned - should take a daily folic acid supplement to prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Folic acid in flour 'would potentially save HUNDREDS of babies from  spina bifida'
Professor Sir Colin Blakemore is a former chief executive of the Medical Research Council. He insists that flour be infused with folic acid. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

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Source: eMedicineHealth.com - November 11, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Plymouth toddler who had spinal surgery while still in the womb takes her first steps
Frankie Lavis, from Plymouth, was diagnosed with spina bifida - which caused her spine to not develop properly. She became the first baby in Britain to have spinal surgery while in the womb. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 5, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Seeing Phoenix
It seems like people have been looking at our son Phoenix — without seeing him, without talking to him — since before he was born. When I was pregnant and the ultrasound showed severe spina bifida and kyphosis (an excessive forward curve in his spine), the specialist told us he had never seen a spine like Phoenix’s. He wasn’t sure how it could be treated and recommended terminating my pregnancy. My husband Mike and I chose not to. Phoenix was born on June 29, 2009, with a lesion at the base of his spine. His spinal cord and nerves were exposed, so his first surgery was a skin graft to cover the lesi...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - October 3, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Megan Reuwer Tags: Our Patients’ Stories clubfoot Dr. Benjamin Warf Dr. Lawrence Karlin Dr. Nedda Hobbs Hydrocephalus kyphosis spina bifida Spina Bifida Clinic Source Type: news

In the Loop: Spina bifida doesn't keep Ty from competition
Having Olympic withdrawal? Us, too. That's why we were excited to find out the competition in Rio isn't quite over yet. The 2016 Summer Paralympics will take place Sept. 7 –18, and from the looks of this promotional (and toe-tapping) trailer, the games will feature athletes every bit as inspiring as their Olympic counterparts. (Trust us, [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - September 5, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Does Folic Acid Prevent Childhood Obesity?
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 - August 21, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Teen with spina bifida and service dog walk a path to independence
If picture is worth a thousand words, then how much is this picture worth? For Debbie Paul, who received the above photo in a text from her son, it is priceless. “It was a turning point in my mind,” she says. That turning point took place on July 7, nearly two weeks following her son Adam’s graduation as a service-dog handler. Adam, who is 14, going on 15, has spina bifida, a birth defect that involves the incomplete closure of the spinal cord. He was profiled in an October 2015, Boston Children’s Hospital Thriving blog. Euro is Adam’s mobility-service dog, companion and what Adam c...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - August 10, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Emily Williams Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Center for Spina Bifida and Spinal Cord Conditions service dog Spina Bifida Center Source Type: news

Pregnancy supplements 'don’t help, just take vit D and folic acid'
Conclusion This report aimed to assess the current UK guidance for vitamin supplementation in pregnancy and the evidence on which it is based. Overall the findings are in line with the current recommendations. However, this study cannot be assumed to be a comprehensive systematic review on the effectiveness and safety of vitamins during pregnancy.  There is lack of detail on any formal methods and we don't know if the researchers assessed all available evidence on the supplements or whether they have cherry picked ones that fit in with the recommendations.  The researchers suggest a further limitation that...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Medication Source Type: news

Pregnancy supplements 'don ’t help, just take vit D and folic acid'
Conclusion This report aimed to assess the current UK guidance for vitamin supplementation in pregnancy and the evidence on which it is based. Overall the findings are in line with the current recommendations. However, this study cannot be assumed to be a comprehensive systematic review on the effectiveness and safety of vitamins during pregnancy.  There is lack of detail on any formal methods and we don't know if the researchers assessed all available evidence on the supplements or whether they have cherry picked ones that fit in with the recommendations.  The researchers suggest a further limitation that...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Medication Source Type: news

Patch may allow spina bifida repair before birth, study says
Stephen FellerHOUSTON, July 12 (UPI) -- A patch made of cryopreserved human umbilical cord could be applied to fetuses with spina bifida to prevent them being born with the condition, researchers say. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - July 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Umbilical cord patch could be method for fetal spina bifida repair
A patch made from cryopreserved human umbilical cord may be a novel method for treating spina bifida in utero, according to scientists. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 12, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

UTHealth researchers: Umbilical cord patch could be method for fetal spina bifida repair
(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) A patch made from cryopreserved human umbilical cord may be a novel method for treating spina bifida in utero, according to researchers at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The findings were published today in Obstetrics & Gynecology, the journal of The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

My sister, my inspiration
Listen to Colton and Lena talk about their relationship.  My little sister, Lena, was born in Denver, Colorado, on Feb. 24, 2000. My recollection of that day and the weeks that followed is hazy — not only because I was just six years old, but also because I was being shuttled between several relatives while my parents attended to some “medical problem” my sister had, which I couldn’t really understand. The words spina bifida didn’t mean much to me, but between my parents’ solemnity and the fact that — as it was explained to me — the doctors needed to cut into m...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 6, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Colton Williamson Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories Dr. Carlos Estrada Dr. Lawrence Karlin Dr. Mark Proctor spina bifida Source Type: news

A Different Way To Look At Public Health In The United States
Public health in the United States is far from perfect. Outbreaks of measles, a disease previously held in check, are making a comeback despite the unequivocal safety and efficacy of the MMR vaccine. Each day, many adolescents and young adults start smoking for the first time even though the health consequences of tobacco use have been drilled into their heads from a young age. Of course, the root causes of these problems are too complex to be thought of simply as failures of public health. After all, a teenager doesn't start smoking because they mistakenly think it's a perfectly healthy thing to do. And parents who choos...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - June 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Womb surgery hope for spina bifida baby
The parents of a baby with spina bifida say they hope that pioneering surgery he received while still in the womb will help him to walk. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - June 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could cannabis damage DNA that is then passed down generations?
Conclusion This review presents a useful summary of evidence backing the idea that cannabis can disrupt cell division, causing genetic damage, potentially leading to the development of cancer and foetal abnormalities. The review was transparent in exploring the evidence behind one theory. And while this is a valuable body of research, a systematic review would have been more reliable, providing a more balanced view of the evidence. Because of the uncertainty about how the included studies were chosen, there is a possibility that not all the relevant research was considered. The strength of the included evidence was al...
Source: NHS News Feed - May 26, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Genetics/stem cells Lifestyle/exercise Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

When Just a Little Is Too Much: The Risks of Alcohol-Exposed Pregnancy
One of my challenges in working with patients suffering from addictive illnesses is to help increase their motivation to stick with a long-term recovery plan. This is a significant challenge for many reasons, especially because the disease of addiction affects the brain's ability to value long term recovery. The one exception to this difficulty, in many cases, is when a female patient gets pregnant. I have witnessed women who struggled for years with an addictive illness discover they are pregnant and, when the pregnancy is wanted, are able to make incredible strides in their recovery. They are often able to maintain sobri...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - May 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctor with spina bifida defies expectations
When people introduce me and say I have overcome so much to be where I am, to do what I do ... I am still surprised. Particularly at these moments, it strikes me that I am exceedingly fortunate and very lucky to have been given extraordinary opportunities. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - May 3, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Double-blinded randomized controlled trial of the Xiao procedure in children
(Journal of Neurosurgery Publishing Group) Researchers at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital report the results of a double-blinded randomized controlled trial of the 'Xiao procedure' in children with spina bifida who suffer from neurogenic bladder dysfunction. The Xiao procedure was touted for many years in China as being more than 80 percent effective in such patients. In the present study population, the researchers found the procedure to be ineffective in all patients at producing bladder control. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 3, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Cutting edge surgery offering Gulf Coast families new hope
It's a cutting edge surgery performed on babies that aren't even born yet, and New Orleans is one of the select cities offering this delicate technique. We'll explain how the fetal surgery is helping children diagnosed with spina bifida and the way it's helping them on their journey to developing more productive lives. (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - April 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Doctor with spina bifida defies expectations
When people introduce me and say I have overcome so much to be where I am, to do what I do ... I am still surprised. Particularly at these moments, it strikes me that I am exceedingly fortunate and very lucky to have been given extraordinary opportunities. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Playing Ping Pong with Disability
Table tennis players train at Majd Sports. Majd Sports is a recreational centre catering for people with disabilities in Ramallah, occupied West Bank. Credit: Silvia Boarini/IPSBy Silvia BoariniRAMALLAH, Occupied West Bank, Apr 28 2016 (IPS)Despite formally adopting progressive laws, such as Law Number 4, and ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disability, Palestinian authorities still struggle to get beyond rhetoric when it comes to supporting the 7 to 11 per cent of the population that is affected by disability. As the ongoing Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and Gaza continues to block t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - April 28, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Silvia Boarini Tags: Active Citizens Armed Conflicts Civil Society Featured Global Geopolitics Headlines Health Human Rights Middle East & North Africa Population Source Type: news

FDA Gives Manufacturers Go-Ahead To Add Folic Acid To Corn Flour, Tortillas To Reduce Birth Defects
Corn masa flour, used to make tortillas and tamales, is a staple in the diets of many people in the United States who are from Mexico or Central America. Until last week, though, the Food and Drug Administration did not allow manufacturers to fortify the flour with folic acid, which might help reduce women's risk of having a baby with spina bifida or another neural tube defect. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 18, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rita Rubin Source Type: news

Final review of health problems that may be linked to Agent Orange exposure during Vietnam War
The latest and final in a series of congressionally mandated biennial reviews of the evidence of health problems that may be linked to exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the Vietnam War changed the categorization of health outcomes for bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and spina bifida and clarified the breadth of the previous finding for Parkinson's disease. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - March 10, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Final review of health problems that may be linked to Agent Orange exposure during Vietnam War
(National Academy of Sciences) The latest and final in a series of congressionally mandated biennial reviews of the evidence of health problems that may be linked to exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the Vietnam War changed the categorization of health outcomes for bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and spina bifida and clarified the breadth of the previous finding for Parkinson's disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 10, 2016 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange
The latest and final in a series of congressionally mandated, biennial reviews by the Academies of the evidence of health problems that may be linked to exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the Vietnam War changed the categorization of health outcomes for bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and spina bifida and clarified the breadth of the previous finding for Parkinson's disease. The committee that carried out the study and wrote the report reviewed scientific literature published between Oct. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2014. Read More (Source: News from the National Academies)
Source: News from the National Academies - March 10, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

2016 Disability College Scholarships - 180 Medical
Scholarships for students pursuing college degree - Must be under doctor care for spina bifida, spinal cord injury, ostomy, transverse myelitis, and/or neurogenic bladder (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - February 12, 2016 Category: Disability Tags: Disability Scholarships Source Type: news

What Are Risk Factors for Latex Allergy?
Discussion Latex comes from the Hevea brasiliensis plants. There are multiple potentially allergenic polypeptides within the plant’s fluid called Heb b 1-13. True sensitizers are Heb b 1, 5 and 6. Heb b 8 and 12 are cross-reacting proteins. The type of the latex product and how it is prepared makes a difference in exposure to the latex allergens. Certain extruded latex products such as catheters and rubber stoppers have higher concentrations of true sensitizer allergens. Products made from molds such as gloves have higher concentrations of potential allergens than latex made in sheets such as such as dental dams. Use...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - February 1, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news