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European Folic Acid Policy Is Failing to Prevent Many Neural Tube Defects, Warn Experts

Nov. 24, 2015 — The prevalence of neural tube defects in Europe has not declined substantially in the past 20 years, despite long-standing recommendations for women to take folic acid supplements if planning a ... read more

Iron Supplementation During Pregnancy and Risk of Malaria in Malaria-Endemic Region

Sep. 8, 2015 — Among women in a malaria-endemic region in Kenya, daily iron supplementation during pregnancy did not result in an increased risk of malaria, according to a study. Iron supplementation did result in ... read more

Lack of Folic Acid Enrichment in Europe Causes Mortality Among Fetuses

Aug. 28, 2015 — A new international study shows that 5,000 fetuses in Europe annually are affected by spina bifida and other severe defects on the central nervous system. Seventy percent of these pregnancies are ... read more

Serum Biomarkers Can Predict Women at Risk of Pre-Eclampsia

July 22, 2015 — Levels of biomarkers in the blood of pregnant women can be used to predict which women are at risk of pre-eclampsia, finds a new study. Pre-eclampsia is a combination of raised blood pressure ... read more

Folate Biomarkers Determined

June 30, 2015 — An international paper on folate biomarkers is part of an initiative to provide evidence-based guidance for the global nutrition and public health community. The comprehensive study on folate, an ... read more

Folic Acid May Help Elderly Weather Heat Waves

Mar. 31, 2015 — Supplemental folic acid can enhance blood vessel dilation in older adults, according to researchers, suggesting that folic acid supplements may be an inexpensive alternative for helping older adults ... read more

Folic Acid Supplementation Among Adults With Hypertension Reduces Risk of Stroke

Mar. 15, 2015 — In a study that included more than 20,000 adults in China with high blood pressure but without a history of stroke or heart attack, the combined use of the hypertension medication enalapril and folic ... read more

Taking Too Much Folic Acid While Pregnant May Put Daughters at Risk of Diabetes and Obesity

Feb. 10, 2015 — Mothers that take excessive amounts of folic acid during pregnancy may predispose their daughters to diabetes and obesity later in life, according to a new study. With high dose supplements being ... read more

Folic Acid Saves 1,300 Babies Each Year from Serious Birth Defects of Brain, Spine

Jan. 15, 2015 — Fortifying grain foods with the B vitamin folic acid has saved about 1,300 babies every year from serious birth defects of the brain and spine known as neural tube defects. All women capable of ... read more

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

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