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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

3T MRI could become routine for fetal anomalies
Advances in technology and software have made 3-tesla MRI a better option for...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Case report: Conjoined twins -- thoraco-omphalopagus (type A) MRI helps determine spina bifida treatment DTI-MRI links maternal obesity to newborn brain growth ARRS: Fetal MRI on the rise CHOP launches fetal neuroprotection program (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - January 12, 2016 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Failure to fortify flour with folic acid 'led to 2,000 birth defects'
ConclusionThe time around conception and the first 12 weeks of pregnancy are known to be an important time for the development of the brain and spinal cord. Crucially, folic acid supplementation at this time is known to decrease the risk of defects such as spina bifida. In the US, the compulsory fortification of flour with 140mg of folic acid per 100g of enriched cereal grain product was introduced in 1998. This has been estimated to provide 200mg of folic acid per day to women of childbearing age. In the UK, the decision was not made to fortify flour, but since 1992 the government instead recommended that women take 400 m...
Source: NHS News Feed - December 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Food/diet Medical practice Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Lack of folic acid causes spina bifida and hundreds of birth defects
Scientists say adding folic acid to flour could help decrease rates of major birth defects such as spina bifida. They have repeatedly asked the government to ensure it is added to flour. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

McDonald's customers STEPPED OVER man choking to death to order food
Spina bifida sufferer Mike Ore (pictured) collapsed when the meal he was eating blocked his oesophagus as he sat in his wheelchair at the fast food restaurant in Cheltenham's High Street. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 16, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Children with specific birth defects at increased risk for abuse
Children born with cleft lip or palate and spina bifida are at an increased risk for abuse before the age of two, according to researchers. The researchers found that compared to children without birth defects the risk of maltreatment in children with cleft lip and/or palate was increased by 40 percent and for children with spina bifida, the risk was increased by 58 percent. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - December 10, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Increased Risk for Abuse for Children with Specific Birth Defects
Children born with cleft lip or palate and spina bifida are at an increased risk for abuse before the age of 2, according to researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) - The results were published in the December issue of the journal Pediatrics. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - December 10, 2015 Category: Disability Tags: Pediatrics Source Type: news

UTHeath study: Children with specific birth defects at increased risk for abuse
(University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston) Children born with cleft lip or palate and spina bifida are at an increased risk for abuse before the age of 2, according to researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 10, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Nigeria: 'Well Water Triggers Respiratory Infections in Babies'
[Guardian] Breast-feeding may cut risk of Type 2 diabetes for some women - Caffeine in pregnancy does not harm child's IQ - Adding folic acid to bread, flour would prevent children being born or aborted with diseases like spina bifida (Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth)
Source: AllAfrica News: Pregnancy and Childbirth - November 27, 2015 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Celebrating Halloween in style
From dressing up to candy, everyone loves Halloween. To celebrate, we asked families to show off their creativity and share their favorite Halloween photos.   Hunter, a patient in the Cerebral Palsy Program, enjoyed dressing up as a pirate in a pirate ship and loves all the attention from his peers on Halloween.   Kinley, a patient of the Center for Spina Bifida and Spinal Cord Conditions, celebrated in a Hello Kitty car. She loves dressing up and dressing up her wheelchair, and of course, she loves all of the candy she receives!   Eliana lights up a room in the Dana-Farber/Boston Children&rsquo...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - October 30, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Lisa Fratt Tags: All posts Source Type: news

Woman with Spina Bifida Achieves Mud Runner Dream
A woman with spina bifida has achieved her dream of becoming the first female to complete a Mud Runner challenge in a wheelchair. Sita Patel took part in the Mud Runner Classic at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire on 18th October 2015, with her friends, to raise funds and awareness for the national charity Shine. (Source: Disabled World)
Source: Disabled World - October 25, 2015 Category: Disability Tags: Event Coverage Source Type: news

Two small studies show positive results for tracking symptoms via apps
Two small studies published results recently that found health-tracking smartphone applications can improve the patient’s health. One study, published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, found that people with spina bifida, a spine condition, who used a smartphone app to track their health improved their daily self-management of the condition. Patients who partook in the […] (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - October 22, 2015 Category: Information Technology Authors: Aditi Pai Tags: Provider American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation iMHere symptom tracking app Telemedicine and eHealth Temple University Source Type: news