50-year spina bifida study shows surprising improvement in independent living

A unique study of spina bifida patients found that while mobility tended to decline in later life, surviving adults were more likely to live independently.  

In a study of 117 cases of spina bifida with 99% 50-year follow up, the percentage who could walk more than 50 metres dropped from around half at 9 years of age to a quarter at 50 years of age.

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