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Using medication that reduces or blocks the actions of folic acid during the first trimester of pregnancy (weeks 1-12), increases the risk that the growing baby will develop abnormalities.
U.S. researchers have linked exposure to tetrachloroethylene to birth defects.
Exposure to tetrachloroethylene (also known as perchlorethylene, PCE) may cause congenital birth defects.
New research, published today in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows that a woman's risk of having a child with a neural tube defect (NTD), such as Spina Bifida, is not linked to folic acid related auto-antibodies.
Folic acid is getting renewed focus as a baby protecting vitamin.
Pregnant women are advised to take folic acid to prevent birth defects, but U.S. researchers also say the supplement may help prevent premature birth.
Canadian researchers found immigrant women less likely than others to be taking folic acid before pregnancy to help prevent spina bifida and anencephaly. Neural tube defects -- birth defects of the spinal cord and brain, known as spina bifida and anencephaly -- can be reduced by nearly 50 percent with folic acid supplements taken just before and soon after conception. The study found 60 percent of Canadian-born women in the study reported using folic acid supplements in the three-month period...
Immigrant women are less likely to use folic acid supplements before pregnancy to prevent spina bifida, particularly those who recently immigrated to the country
Folate reduces the risk of cancer and birth defects, but it may also enhance the development of pre-cancerous and cancerous tumors, U.S. researchers said. Omar Dary of the Academy for Educational Development, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington, and Dr.
Folate, a vitamin that helps make the genetic material in cells and considered essential for pregnant women, may also help heart patients, a U.S. expert said.
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