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December 19, 1977

Medical News

JAMA. 1977;238(25):2677-2685. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280260007002

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Children with congenital spine or limb defects can be habilitated  Much of the work presented at the recent National Foundation/March of Dimes Fifth International Conference on Birth Defects dealt with prevention and detection of fetal malformations.However, the frequent caveats that "this work is still in a developmental stage" served to emphasize the importance of the one workshop that dealt with habilitation of handicapped infants. Two speakers at this session presented encouraging results—one with habilitation of infants born with myelomeningocele and the other with habilitation of congenital amputees.

Children Born With Myelomeningocele  There was much talk at the meeting of the impressive success in prenatal detection of neural tube defects by maternal serum tests (JAMA medical news 238:1441 [Oct 3] 1977). But at present even mass use of this test at its most sensitive detection level would allow the birth of about 1,000 infants per year with such spinal