neural tube

noun

Definition of neural tube

: the hollow longitudinal dorsal tube formed by infolding and subsequent fusion of the opposite ectodermal folds in the vertebrate embryo that gives rise to the brain and spinal cord

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Some antipsychotics are linked with metabolic side effects such as weight gain and increased glucose levels, which can then increase the risk for issues like neural tube defects, the review explains. Korin Miller, SELF, "What to Know About Getting Pregnant If You Take Antipsychotics," 17 Jan. 2019 Those are defects that occur early in pregnancy when the neural tube that forms the spine and brain fails to close properly. Jonel Aleccia, The Seattle Times, "FDA allows food makers to fortify corn masa to halt birth defects, but few do," 16 Oct. 2018 Some studies found a higher risk of heart defects and neural tube defects among babies whose mothers took SSRIs. Andrea Petersen, WSJ, "Therapy for Pregnant Women With Anxiety Offers Alternative to Medication," 3 Nov. 2018 Since 1996, all enriched grain products have been required to be fortified with folic acid to prevent neural tube defects, or NTDs. Jonel Aleccia, The Seattle Times, "FDA allows food makers to fortify corn masa to halt birth defects, but few do," 16 Oct. 2018 Elbabaa specializes in repairing spina bifida, a neural tube defect that can damage the baby’s spinal cord, affecting about 1,500 babies each year. Naseem S. Miller, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Orlando Health opens fetal surgery program," 18 Apr. 2018 Pregnant women who don’t get enough folate are at risk of having a baby with neural tube defects, including spina bifida. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Healthy Table: Load up on asparagus for its healthy dose of folate and antioxidants," 15 Apr. 2018 Prenatal vitamins became universal when folic acid deficiency was linked to neural tube defects in babies. Dr. Megan Kasper, idahostatesman, "My fellow women: I have a question for you | Idaho Statesman," 23 Mar. 2018 Based on epidemiological data, this nutrient helps prevent defects in an embryo’s neural tube, the precursor for the brain and spinal cord. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Supplements are a $30 billion racket—here’s what experts actually recommend," 20 Feb. 2018

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neural tube

noun

Medical Definition of neural tube

: the hollow longitudinal dorsal tube that is formed by infolding and subsequent fusion of the opposite ectodermal folds in the vertebrate embryo and gives rise to the brain and spinal cord

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