Published in Women's Health Weekly, December 9th, 2004
A "seminar" in the November 20, 2004, issue of the Lancet discussed the causes, symptoms, and treatments relating to spina bifida, and reinforced an important public-health message for women about to become pregnant: 70% of cases of spina bifida are preventable by folic-acid supplementation around the time of conception and during early pregnancy.
Spina bifida results from failure of fusion of the neural tube (the embryonic form of the brain and spinal cord), and is one of the most common malformations of human structure. The causes of this disorder are...
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