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February 12, 2016

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February 12, 2016

Maternal Supplementation With Multiple Micronutrients Compared With Iron-Folic Acid

Dec. 23, 2014 — In Bangladesh, daily maternal supplementation of multiple micronutrients compared to iron-folic acid before and after childbirth did not reduce all-cause infant mortality to age 6 months, but did ... read more

New Study Examines Effect of Timing of Folic Acid Supplementation During Pregnancy

Nov. 25, 2014 — Taking folic acid before conception significantly reduces the risk of small for gestational age at birth, suggests a new study. Folic acid supplementation has already been shown to reduce the risk of ... read more

Vitamin B May Not Reduce Risk of Memory Loss After All

Nov. 12, 2014 — Taking vitamin B12 and folic acid supplements may not reduce the risk of memory and thinking problems after all, according to a new study. The study is one of the largest to date to test long-term ... read more

Aphthous Ulcers: Causes of Mucosal Inflammation Unclear

Oct. 22, 2014 — A painful inflamed lesion on the oral mucosa, which often seems to be burning at the periphery: every third individual has at one point had such a lesion -- an aphthous ulcer. Often they resolve ... read more

Mothers of Children With Autism Less Likely to Have Taken Iron Supplements in Pregnancy, Study Shows

Sep. 22, 2014 — Mothers of children with autism are significantly less likely to report taking iron supplements before and during their pregnancies than the mothers of children who are developing normally, a study ... read more

A Blood Test Could Help Prevent Neural Tube Birth Defects

July 29, 2014 — A blood test to measure folate concentrations in a mother's red blood cells could help in the prevention of neural tube birth defects, suggests a large ... read more

Taking B Vitamins Won't Prevent Alzheimer's Disease, Study Suggests

July 15, 2014 — Taking B vitamins doesn't slow mental decline as we age, nor is it likely to prevent Alzheimer's disease, conclude researchers who have assembled all the best clinical trial data involving ... read more

Health of Hispanic Moms, Babies a Growing Concern, New Report Says

June 11, 2014 — Hispanic women are more likely to have a baby with a neural tube birth defect, and nearly a quarter of all preterm births in the United States are Hispanic, according to a report. While this ... read more

Mar. 21, 2014 — Women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant and taking a folic acid supplement may be at risk of reducing their folate benefit through sun exposure, a new study has warned. Folic acid is a B ... read more

Two-Thirds of Women in the U.K. Not Taking Folic Acid Before Pregnancy to Prevent Spina Bifida

Feb. 19, 2014 — Less than one in three women have taken folic acid supplements before pregnancy to prevent spina bifida and other birth defects of the brain, spine, or spinal cord (neural tube defects). This is ... read more

Large Amounts of Folic Acid Shown to Promote Growth of Breast Cancer in Rats

Jan. 21, 2014 — Folic acid supplements at levels consumed by breast cancer patients and survivors in North America promoted the growth of existing breast cancer in rats, new research ... read more

New Findings on Women, Pregnancy, Epilepsy

Dec. 9, 2013 — New research pertaining to the latest findings on the effects of epilepsy on both the mother and child explore folic acid use, the effect of surgery with intractable focal epilepsy, and antiepileptic ... read more

Oct. 31, 2013 — A study has analyzed intake of 17 basic micronutrients in people's diets across eight European countries. The results reveal that, although vitamin D is the most extreme case, European citizens ... read more

Folic Acid Deficiency Can Affect the Health of Great, Great Grandchildren

Sep. 26, 2013 — A study reveals that a mutation in a gene necessary for the metabolism of folic acid not only impacts the immediate offspring but can also have detrimental health effects on the next several ... read more

Sep. 18, 2013 — New evidence suggests that taking vitamin B supplements may help reduce the risk of ... read more

Diet During Pregnancy and Early Life May Affect Children's Behavior and Intelligence

Sep. 13, 2013 — The statement "you are what you eat" is significant for the development of optimum mental performance in children as evidence is accumulating to show that nutrition pre-birth and in early ... read more

Twice Weekly Iron Supplementation to Pregnant Women as Effective as a Daily Regime

June 19, 2013 — Daily supplementation of iron tablets to pregnant women does not provide any benefits in birth weight or improved infant growth compared to twice weekly supplementation, according to a new ... read more

Jan. 17, 2013 — Researchers have discovered that the lack of a critical enzyme in the folic acid metabolic pathway leads to neural tube birth defects in developing ... read more

Fewer Iron Supplements During Pregnancy Work Just as Well for Preventing Anemia, Study Suggests

July 11, 2012 — Taking iron supplements one to three times a week instead of every day is just as effective at preventing anemia in pregnant women, according to the findings of a new Cochrane systematic review. The ... read more

Folic Acid Intake During Early Pregnancy Associated With Reduced Risk of Autism in Offspring

June 14, 2012 — Women who consume the recommended daily dosage of folic acid, the synthetic form of folate or vitamin B-9, during the first month of pregnancy may have a reduced risk of having a child with ... read more

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