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2006-03-06 00:25:45

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Folic acid in the diet not only helps prevent birth defects but also improves the survival chances of children born with them, researchers reported on Monday. A look at more than 2,800 infants born with spina bifida between 1998 and 2001 found that 92 percent of them survived the first year of life. That compared to 90 percent prior to 1998, when folic acid was added to grains for fortification. "Folic acid may play a role in restricting the severity of neural...

2006-01-30 16:50:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 8 million children are born with birth defects around the world every year and most of them either die or are disabled for life as a result, according to a report released on Monday. With proper medical care up to 70 percent of these defects could be prevented, or at least treated, the report from the March of Dimes said. "An estimated 7.9 million children are born annually with a serious birth defect of genetic or...

2005-10-04 14:34:46

BOSTON "“ The babies of women with diabetes are two to five times more likely to develop birth defects than offspring of women without the disease. A recent study in animals by scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston helps explain why. The research, appearing in the October issue of the American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism, suggests that high blood glucose levels early in pregnancy deprive the embryo of oxygen, interfering with its development. "Until...

2005-09-29 19:41:03

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., SEPT. 29, 2005 - Only one-third of childbearing age women are taking a multivitamin containing the B vitamin folic acid daily to prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spine in their future babies, according to a decade of March of Dimes surveys. The survey results, published in the September 30 issue of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), highlight the need to increase folic acid fortification of the...

2005-09-29 12:04:42

By Paul Simao ATLANTA (Reuters) - Fewer American women are taking daily vitamins with folic acid during their childbearing years, raising fears of a jump in spina bifida and other birth defects, a U.S. study suggested on Thursday. The incidence of these devastating birth defects has been shown to fall by up to 70 percent when women take 400 micrograms of folic acid daily as part of a healthy diet before conception and in the first trimester of pregnancy. Although folic acid is found...

2005-09-29 11:39:21

By Paul Simao ATLANTA (Reuters) - Fewer American women are taking daily vitamins with folic acid during their childbearing years, raising fears of a jump in spina bifida and other birth defects, a U.S. study suggested on Thursday. The incidence of these devastating birth defects has been shown to fall by up to 70 percent when women take 400 micrograms of folic acid daily as part of a healthy diet before conception and in the first trimester of pregnancy. Although folic acid is found...

2005-09-07 10:49:59

But March of Dimes calls for increase in food fortification levels Folic acid fortification of foods, mandated since 1998 in the United States, continues to help reduce the incidence of severe birth defects such as spina bifida, researchers report. The study, which appears in the September issue of Pediatrics, included a look at the effects of the B vitamin on children born to black and Hispanic women. "We wanted to see if all racial and ethnic groups are having decreases, or is it only, for...

2005-09-06 15:11:26

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., SEPT. 6 "“ Folic acid fortification of grain foods has produced a one-third decline in serious birth defects of the brain and spine, but the March of Dimes urged federal officials to help spare a greater number of babies from these devastating conditions by requiring higher levels of the B vitamin. The March of Dimes restated its longtime position in response to two articles published today in Pediatrics. "It's so rare that we get the opportunity to save thousands of...

2005-09-05 23:45:00

CHICAGO -- A U.S. government decision to add folic acid to enriched grain products has reduced the incidence of two devastating birth defects but more needs to be done, according to reports published on Tuesday. A review of births in 21 states from 1995, a year before the fortification was authorized, to 2002 found "significant decreases in the prevalence of spina bifida and anencephaly," two neural tube defects that result, respectively, in spine and brain damage, one study said. But the...

2005-09-05 08:56:39

DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish scientists said on Monday they have discovered two genes linked to spina bifida that will improve understanding of one of the most common birth defects. Professor John Scott of Trinity College, Dublin told a science conference that the genes known as MTHF and CT677 increase the risk of a woman giving birth to a child with the neural tube defect. "These genes will illustrate genetic risk in a very understandable way," Scott told a science conference. Neural...


Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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