While doctors do not know the exact causes of spina bifida as of 2015, they suspect that a combination of genetic and environmental factors lead to the condition, states Mayo Clinic. Having a family history of neural tub... More »

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Spina bifida is a condition that occurs when a baby's spinal cord does not close completely during formation of the spine, states the Spina Bifida Association. It is the most common birth defect in the United States, as ... More »

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Approximately 90 percent of children born with spina bifida live into adulthood and are in school with children their own age, according to the Minnesota Department of Health. The overall mortality rate of children with ... More »

Spina bifida occulta is a widespread, relatively benign form of spina bifida, a condition characterized by the abnormal formation of one or more vertebrae, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders an... More »

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While doctors have not pinpointed the cause of fibroids, clinical experience and research suggests they are linked to genetic changes, hormones and other growth factors, according to Mayo Clinic. Natural treatments to he... More »

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Childhood obesity may stem from a combination of lifestyle issues and genetic factors, according to Mayo Clinic. Obese children may exercise too little and consume too many calories. Some children, for example, may have ... More »

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Common birth defects include spina bifida, clubfoot, Down syndrome and cystic fibrosis, notes Healthline. These conditions may occur when a body part forms incorrectly, called structural defects, or due to abnormalities ... More »

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