Category Archives: Spina Bifida News

3D imaging and robotics device could transform surgery inside the womb

Performing surgery on foetuses while still in the womb is a risky business. Although pioneering work in this field began in the 1980s, it remains very challenging, with only a few highly trained teams scattered around the world treating a handful of conditions. But new technology could transform the treatment of congenital problems in the womb. In spina bifida, for

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Researchers Develop Tiny Robotic Hand That Could Treat Unborn Babies’ Problems in the Womb

Most everyone in the pro-life movement is familiar with the photo of Samuel Armas clasping a doctor’s finger. That picture, taken during an in-utero surgery at a hospital at Vanderbilt University, received nationwide attention. The photo was so inspiring that members of Congress brought it up during a hearing when a Senate committee hearing exploring the scientific and medical advances

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‘Blazin’ a trail’ Dad: Son develops feeling, increased motion in his legs after stem cell therapy

Four-year-old Rikky Foresman is having a lot of firsts. Last week, Rikky, his parents and three older siblings traveled to a women and children’s hospital in Tijuana, Mexico, for stem cell therapy to treat his spina bifida myelomeningocele. “This hospital has this ‘beacon factor,’ ” said Rikky’s father, Rik Foresman, of Old Lycoming Township, as he described the process to

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Study shows children with Spina Bifida fare better with in utero surgery

Over the last few months we have run several stories about in utero surgery. To this day there remain some skeptics. Their numbers are diminishing, however, as there is much research that demonstrates (for example) how babies with spina bifida will benefit when surgeons correct their problem before they are born. One of the best examples was a study in

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Spotlight shines on iodine deficiency and spina bifida link

The Department of Health is seeking specialists in health and nutrition with survey skills to check on the progress of a program to remedy iodine deficiency and cut back on neural tube defects (such as spina bifida) in infants. http://www.misaustralia.com.au/p/national/government_business/spotlight_shines_on_iodine_deficiency_k0yU9bRbCjDCC5XUcEyN7N

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Iodine deficiency: a probable cause of neural tube defect.

Abstract INTRODUCTION: Iodine deficiency is the most devastating event in developing brain in the fetus and neonate. Iodine is absolutely necessary on the myelination, neuronal differentiation, and formation of neural processes, synaptogenesis, and neuronal migration by thyroidal hormones throughout pregnancy and shortly after birth. Neural tube defects (NTD) form after third and fourth gestational weeks and their etiologies are multifactorial.

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The Gift of Life Without a Shunt

Seattle Children’s is among the first to offer a surgical treatment that gives children with hydrocephalus the hope of a life free from the burden of a shunt. Hydrocephalus is one of the most common congenital conditions in children, affecting 1 in 500 to 1,000 live births. Neurosurgeon Dr. Samuel Browd is dedicated to giving children with hydrocephalus a better

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Ohio Girl with Spina Bifida Makes Gains

Family raising money to make second trip to China for more therapy Zanesville Times Recorder Roseville, OH —Watching her daughter taking her own steps is a blessing for Jessica McCulloch. “Ava can walk 300 feet with braces in high-tops,” McCulloch said. “She uses her wheelchair when necessary, but we don’t push her in it as much. We want her to

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