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neural tube defect

n.
Any of various congenital defects of the brain and spinal cord, such as spina bifida, resulting from incomplete closing of the neural tube in an embryo.
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That is the goal of this supplement, which focuses on reducing the risk for neural tube defects (NTDs) by ensuring that all reproductive-aged women are folate replete.
The general risk of babies being born with neural tube defects, which affect the brain and spinal cord, was almost doubled for obese women.
No detectable improvement in trends of incidence of neural tube defects followed the issuing of recommendations.
It can reduce the risk of severe or often fatal neural tube defects in infants by an estimated 80% or more if women take it before conceiving.
A graph of the rates of neural tube defects per 10,000 births, from 1988 to 1998, showed virtually no change, at about seven instances per 10,000 births, for pregnancies in England and Wales in the period after the Government started promoting folic acid.
I've often thought bread should be fortified with folic acid to protect babies from spina bifida and other neural tube defects.
It found that women with low carbohydrate intake are 30 percent more likely to have babies with neural tube defects, such as spina bifida (malformations of the spine and spinal cord), and anencephaly (absence of major portions of the brain and skull), that can lead to lifelong disability and infant death, when compared with women who do not restrict their carbohydrate intake.
Folic acid can help prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spinal cord called neural tube defects.
This guidance is especially important for Hispanic/Latina women, because this group has the highest rate of pregnancies affected by neural tube defects and the lowest reported consumption of folic acid (7).
Neural tube defects affect the brain and spinal cord and one type of it is called "spina bifida," which can also cause partial paralysis, according to the study.
Pregnant women with folate deficiency have a higher risk of giving birth to infants affected with neural tube defects.