According to the Spina Bifida Association (SBA), spina bifida is the most common, permanently disabling birth defect in the United States.  It affects 7 out of every 10,000 live births and there is no known cure, making prevention key.  
That’s why a new experimental surgery in China is now raising hopes. Watch the coverage on ‘Vital Signs’ with CNN’s chief medical correspondent (and MSU grad!), Dr. Sanja Gupta here.
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