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2013-03-28 08:28:10

ABBOTT PARK, Ill., March 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) today announced that the ARCHITECT AFP test, which may help doctors detect serious birth defects and the progression of testicular cancer, received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. Biomarkers, such as alpha-fetoprotein (AFP), are substances in the body that physicians can measure to identify the progress of diseases or conditions as well as to evaluate the effectiveness of treatments. AFP has unique traits...

2013-02-27 12:27:43

Dr. Richard Johnston Receives Award for Work to Fortify Grain Supply with Folic Acid ATLANTA, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A former March of Dimes medical director who pushed for federally mandated folic acid fortification and led a public education campaign on the benefits of the B vitamin in preventing serious birth defects of the brain and spine will receive the Godfrey Oakley award for his achievements. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130214/DC59689LOGO)...

2012-05-16 06:26:19

New Research Shows No Significant Differences in Absorption between Tablet and Softgel Capsule Forms of Folic Acid NORTHRIDGE, Calif., May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The bioavailability of folic acid does not significantly differ between delivery in standard tablet or softgel capsule forms, according to research published in this month's Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Folic Acid helps support a women's pregnancy and development of a healthy newborn. "This...

2012-04-18 10:25:15

Move Could Help Prevent Birth Defects of the Brain and Spine among Hispanic Babies WASHINGTON, April 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Serious birth defects of the brain and spine in America's babies, particularly those of Hispanic origin, could be reduced if the nation's corn masa flour products were fortified with the B vitamin folic acid, according to a new petition filed with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by a coalition of six organizations: Gruma Corporation...

2011-10-19 20:21:59

Many other congenital conditions, including autism, may one day prove to be related to environmental pollutants Pesticides and pollutants are related to an alarming 450 percent increase in the risk of spina bifida and anencephaly in rural China, according to scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and Peking University. Two of the pesticides found in high concentrations in the placentas of affected newborns and stillborn fetuses were endosulfan and lindane. Endosulfan is only...

2011-09-24 07:00:00

The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP is announcing the launch of its new website, Depakote Birth Defects Lawsuits (http://www.depakotelawsuitsbirthdefects.com/). In December 2009, the Food and Drug Administration warned that the use of Depakote during the first trimester of pregnancy could increase the risk of neural tube defects or other birth defects. Austin, TX (PRWEB) September 24, 2011 The law firm of Hissey Kientz, LLP is announcing the launch of its new website, Depakote Birth Defects...

2011-06-17 06:37:25

(Ivanhoe Newswire) "“ There are nearly 3,000 pregnancies each year in the United States where babies have birth defects of the brain and spine known as neural tube defects (NTD). Hispanic women have the highest rate of these defects when compared to other ethnic groups. However, according to the March of Dimes, a new initiative could decrease the rate of neural tube defects by fortifying corn masa flour with the B vitamin folic acid. Though, since 1998 the rate of birth defects of the...

2011-06-17 01:49:27

Initiative could decrease the rate of neural tube defects among Hispanic women Fortifying corn masa flour with the B vitamin folic acid could prevent more serious birth defects of the brain and spine in the Hispanic community, according to a March of Dimes commentary published in the American Journal of Public Health. Fortification of enriched cereal grains such as bread and pasta with folic acid was mandated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) beginning in 1998. Since then, the rate...

2011-06-16 15:00:00

Initiative Could Decrease the Rate of Neural Tube Defects Among Hispanic Women WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Fortifying corn masa flour with the B vitamin folic acid could prevent more serious birth defects of the brain and spine in the Hispanic community, according to a March of Dimes commentary published in the American Journal of Public Health. Fortification of enriched cereal grains such as bread and pasta with folic acid was mandated by the Food &...

2011-04-12 00:00:30

As more victims of Depakote use during pregnancy speak out about the birth defects that have affected the lives of their families, Depakote attorneys working with the Consumer Justice Foundation website http://www.depakotebirthinjury.com are trying to recoup compensation for the life long medical care that will be required to treat children born with skeletal defects. The Consumer Justice Foundation is a resource for the American people who have been adversely affected by corporate entities...