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2009-07-08 16:55:37

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. The findings refute a well publicized study in 2004, which had indicated a link between the presence of these auto-antibodies in the circulation of mothers who had children with Spina Bifida compared to those who did not.Within an embryo, folate is essential for many...

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2009-06-02 06:15:00

Folic acid is getting renewed focus as a baby protecting vitamin. Also known as Vitamin B9,  it is essential to many bodily functions, not only guarding against spina bifida and other related birth defects, but now also linked to the prevention of premature births and heart defects. According to the AP, doctors specializing in pregnancy are now questioning whether or not it is time for the government to increase the levels of folic acid added to some foods to help ensure...

2009-05-13 18:06:14

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. The study, published in the journal PLoS Medicine, found women who took folic acid supplements for at least one year before they become pregnant may cut their risk of having a premature baby by half. Lead author Dr. Radek Bukowski of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston said the study is an observational analysis based on the...

2009-04-17 21:27:51

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...

2009-04-16 14:11:17

Immigrant women are less likely to use folic acid supplements before pregnancy to prevent spina bifida, particularly those who recently immigrated to the country, according to a new study led by a St. Michael's Hospital physician in collaboration with Statistics Canada, Health Canada and the University of Toronto. The study is the first to provide national estimates of pre-pregnancy folic acid use in Canada. "Our study's findings report that while about six in 10 Canadian-born mothers take...

2009-04-02 18:28:10

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. Joel Mason affiliated with Tufts University assessed the conditions under which supplementing with folic acid -- man-made vitamin B9 -- can be beneficial, such as in preventing neural tube defects or colorectal cancer. Dary...

2009-03-04 20:54:34

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. Janice Hermann, an Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension nutrition specialist, said folate works with vitamin B12 to make red blood cells, assists in preventing neural tube defects such as spina bifida in infants and may help protect against heart disease. If you have a low intake of folate, you may have anemia, weakness and...

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2009-03-02 14:39:56

Researchers said on Monday that women should get sufficient vitamin B12 and folic acid before becoming pregnant to cut their risk of having a baby with a serious birth defect of the brain and spinal cord, Reuters reported. The study published in the journal Pediatrics said that Irish women with the lowest vitamin B12 levels were five times more likely to have a baby with a neural tube defect than those with the highest levels. Doctors know that neural tube defects can lead to lifelong...

2009-02-12 12:46:41

Women obese during pregnancy have a small increased risk of some birth defects, such as spina bifida and neural tube defects, British researchers said. Katherine J. Stothard and colleagues from Newcastle University in England conducted a review and meta-analysis of studies to assess the relationship between maternal overweight and obesity and the risk of congenital anomaly in newborns. The researchers identified 39 articles that were included in a systematic review and 18 articles in the...

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2009-02-11 07:35:00

Obese women are more likely to give birth to children with birth abnormalities, according to new findings published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. British researchers said the health issues for children include spina bifida, heart problems, cleft palate and a number of other defects. The findings underscore obesity's role as a major health problem and add to evidence that being too heavy while pregnant carries risks for both mother and child. Katherine Stothard and...


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