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2011-03-28 00:00:27

As lawsuits against the makers of the epilepsy drug Depakote begin to surface in the United States, Depakote lawyers begin to consult with families of birth defect victims about possible Depakote lawsuits. Depakote is a prescription anticonvulsant used to treat epilepsy and the manic phase of bipolar disorder. Depakote Birth Injury Resources provides online information about possible Depakote birth defects and means to connect with Depakote lawyers. (PRWEB) March 26, 2011 As new studies...

2011-03-15 09:49:00

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. and WAYNE, N.J., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Vanessa Minnillo is making it a priority to share an important public health message with women nationwide. Minnillo is working with March of Dimes® and Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals to help educate all women of reproductive age about the importance of folate and folic acid through a national educational campaign called Girlfriends for Folate (www.GirlfriendsforFolate.com). DailyCandy.com, the popular...

2011-02-11 16:29:20

Authors stress more research needs to be done to determine whether supplement that prevents spina bifida causes cancer in humans The daughters of rats who took folic acid supplements before conception, during pregnancy and while breast-feeding have breast cancer rates twice as high as other rats, according to a new study. They also had more tumours and developed them at a faster rate, according to the study led by Dr. Young-in Kim, a gastroenterologist at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto....

2011-01-18 16:36:47

Study shows risky knowledge gaps Nutrients, vitamins, minerals "“ during pregnancy a woman's body needs more of them. For most nutrients this increase in demand can be covered with a balanced diet. However, mothers-to-be should ingest some nutrients in the form of tablets. Research conducted by the Chair of Nutritional Medicine at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen (TUM) indicates there are knowledge gaps: According to this study, pregnant women often start taking sensible dietary...

2011-01-03 07:00:00

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Jan. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- This January, as part of National Birth Defects Prevention Month, the Grain Foods Foundation has partnered with the March of Dimes to remind all women of child-bearing age of the important role folic acid plays in preventing birth defects. Daily consumption of the B vitamin folic acid, beginning before pregnancy, is crucial as neural tube defects, birth defects of the brain and spine such as spina bifida, can occur in the early weeks...

2010-12-23 17:18:28

Study examines effects of supplementation, other factors, on gene methylation People with higher levels of folate in their red blood cells were more likely to have two tumor-suppressing genes shut down by methylation, a chemical off switch for genes, researchers report in the December issue of Cancer Prevention Research. DNA hypermethylation, notes co-author Jean-Pierre Issa, M.D., professor in MD Anderson's Department of Leukemia, is found in a variety of cancers and diseases of aging, such...

2010-12-16 19:14:00

WAYNE, N.J., Dec. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new oral contraceptive (OC), SAFYRAL(TM) (drospirenone 3 mg/ ethinyl estradiol 30 mcg/ levomefolate calcium 451 mcg tablets and levomefolate calcium 451 mcg tablets). In women who choose an OC for birth control, SAFYRAL raises folate levels for the purpose of reducing the risk of rare neural tube defects (NTDs) in a pregnancy...

2010-12-13 21:06:44

Folic acid can reduce birth defects including neural tube defects, congenital heart disease and oral clefts but some speculate high intakes of folic acid may be associated with adverse events such as colorectal cancer, states an article in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal) (pre-embargo link only) http://www.cmaj.ca/embargo/cmaj100568.pdf. This study, conducted by researchers at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute and The Hospital for Sick Children, is the first...

2010-10-29 08:30:00

OMAHA, Neb., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A Creighton University School of Medicine researcher has been awarded a $2.7 million grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to investigate a possible link between the ingestion of tortillas and corn-based food products contaminated with a fungal toxin and increased risk for birth defects. The three-year award is a collaborative effort among investigators at Creighton, the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service...

2010-10-04 16:53:50

An increasing number of obese adolescents, particularly females, are undergoing gastric bypass surgery. Yet a case study presented Sunday, Oct. 3, at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in San Francisco, highlights the possible link between gastric bypass surgery in adolescent girls and an increased risk for neural tube defects, which can lead to varying degrees of disability such as paralysis and mental retardation due to damage to the nervous system,...