neural tube defects


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neural tube defects

See SPINA BIFIDA and ANENCEPHALY. See also FOLIC ACID.

Neural tube defects

A group of birth defects that affect the backbone and sometimes the spinal chord.
Mentioned in: Birth Defects
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While some of the studies were randomized trials, you can no longer conduct a true randomized design and withhold folic acid from women; it's simply not ethical knowing what we know about the preventive benefits of folic acid for neural tube defects.
Since 1998, when grain products first were fortified with folic acid, there has been a decline in neural tube defects.
Two previous studies suggested that maternal exposure to benzene could increase congenital heart defects and neural tube defects.
Neural tube defects in Gauteng, South Africa: Recurrence risks and associated factors.
Lakhani went on to say that neural tube defects are a leading cause of stillbirth, infant death and disability worldwide.
Neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, affect one in 1,000 babies.
Attention may also need to be directed at improving vitamin B12 levels to ensure more complete protection against neural tube defects.
Has this fortification been successful in the reduction of neural tube defects and/or other childhood disorders?
It had been held regularly for almost 30 years for the benefit of children with neural tube defects.
Low folate levels in women of child-bearing age have been associated with neural tube defects, such as spina bifida; current recommendations suggest that women of child-bearing age take supplemental folate.
These neural tube defects are relatively common, representing serious problems for 1/1000 live human births.
Five years later, doctors in Falluja are recording an unusual number of babies with congenital heart disease and neural tube defects, the latter involving abnormal spinal cord or brain development, which can cause paralysis and death.