Supplement use and other characteristics among pregnant women with a previous pregnancy affected by a neural tube defect - United States, 1997-2009.

January 15, 2015

Morbidity and mortality weekly report Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US) Authors: Arth A, Tinker S, Moore C, Canfield M, Agopian A, Reefhuis J Abstract Neural tube defects (NTDs) include anomalies of the brain (anencephaly and encephalocele) and spine (spina bifida). Even with ongoing mandatory folic acid fortification of enriched cereal grain products,

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Fortified grains save 1,300 babies a year, study finds

January 15, 2015

Fortifying cereal, flour and other foods with folic acid prevents about 1,300 babies from being born with defects such as spina bifida each year, state and federal health officials said Thursday. NBC News by Maggie Fox But there’s room to save many more, especially babies born to Hispanic women, they said in

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Neural Tube Defects, Such as Spina Bifida, on the Decline: CDC

January 15, 2015

US News & World Report by Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter United States— Serious birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects have fallen 35 percent in the United States since mandatory folic acid fortification of enriched grain products was introduced in 1998, federal officials reported Thursday. That decrease means 1,300 fewer

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Authorisation of new health claim will help reduce Neural Tube Defects

November 5, 2014

Shine Charity UK | Original Link A vital new EU law published this week, the first of its kind and so important for mums-to-be, will enable supplement manufacturers to state on their packaging that folic acid can help to reduce the primary risk factor associated with the development of Neural Tube

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Perceptions of antenatal iron-folic acid supplements in urban and rural Pakistan: a qualitative study

October 1, 2014

7th Space Interactive | Original Link In Pakistan, 51% of women are anaemic in pregnancy yet only 44% of women use antenatal iron-folic acid (IFA) supplements. Little information exits on the perception and barriers to the use of IFA supplements during pregnancy in Pakistan. The aim of the study was to understand

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Folic acid supplementation for prevention of mood disorders in young people at familial risk: A randomised, double blind, placebo controlled trial

September 9, 2014

Journal of affective disorders | Original Link by Sharpley AL1, Hockney R2, McPeake L2, Geddes JR2, Cowen PJ2 Abstract Background Clinical mood disorders often become clinically manifest in the later teenage years and early twenties and can be associated with a poor long-term prognosis. The primary prevention of these disorders would therefore have great

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FDA proposed changes to Nutrition Facts could affect folic acid labels

September 4, 2014

March of Dimes New Mexico Chapter works to educate women about folic acid intake KVIA TV | Original Link by Denise Olivas Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States -Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration proposed changes to food and nutrition labels. The FDA said it wants to give a better understanding of

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Expert Alert: The Importance of Folic Acid and Prenatal Care to Prevent Birth Defects, Especially Among Hispanic Women

September 3, 2014

Mayo Clinic | Original Link by Kelley Luckstein ROCHESTER, Minnesota, United States —Although Mayo Clinic doctors and researchers don't have a definite answer as to why spina bifida birth defects occur, they have identified a few important risk factors and two different surgery options. Risk factors include race, family history, diabetes, obesity,

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National Nutrition Week 2014: What has the government done to improve nutrition in schools

September 2, 2014

September 1-7 is National Nutrition Week in India The Health Site | Original Link by Pavitra Sampath India —In India every third child born is underweight. This is a matter of serious concern as undernourished babies, often, grow up to be undernourished adults. In this regard, the Indian government has launched a number

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Too Much Folic Acid in Vitamin Juices?

August 29, 2014

Nutritional Outlook magazine | Original Link by Robby Gardner, Associate Editor Because folic acid is highly sensitive in nature, manufacturers often add extra folic acid to their products in order to guarantee over time what’s listed on their nutrition facts panels. But extra folic acid isn’t necessarily safe for consumers. In fact,

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Folic acid supplementation in pregnancy and implications in health and disease

August 19, 2014

Journal of Biomedical Science | Original Link by Subit Barua*, Salomon Kuizon and Mohammed A Junaid Abstract Maternal exposure to dietary factors during pregnancy can influence embryonic development and may modulate the phenotype of offspring through epigenetic programming. Folate is critical for nucleotide synthesis, and preconceptional intake of dietary folic acid (FA) is

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DSM, Merck Partner to Bring Metafolin Folate to Market

August 6, 2014

Natural Products Insider | Original Link PARSIPPANY, New Jersey, United States—DSM partnered with Merck to bring its L-MTHF Metafolin folate, a biologically active form of naturally occurring folate, to the dietary supplement and food industries. Folates are water-soluble B vitamins that offer health benefits supported by EFSA-approved health claims, such as contributing

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CRN, NPA submit comments on FDA's proposed changes to food, supplement labels

August 5, 2014

Nutra Ingredients USA By Hank Schultz Both the Council for Responsible Nutrition and the Natural Products Association have submitted a comments on FDA’s proposed revisions for food and dietary supplement labels. Full article here

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Blood Test Biomarker Could Help Prevent Spina Bifida

July 30, 2014

Science 2.0 | Original Link Folate is a naturally occurring form of vitamin B found in food, while folic acid is synthetically produced and used in fortified foods and supplements. Taking folic acid before and during early pregnancy is linked to a reduction in the risk of neural tube defects like

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Neural tube defects

July 7, 2014

Annual review of neuroscience | Original Link by Greene ND1, Copp AJ Abstract Neural tube defects (NTDs), including spina bifida and anencephaly, are severe birth defects of the central nervous system that originate during embryonic development when the neural tube fails to close completely. Human NTDs are multifactorial, with contributions from both genetic and

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