New evidence that folic acid lowers neural tube defect risk.
Neural tube (Abnormalities)
Neural tube (Prevention)
|Publication:||Name: Community Practitioner Publisher: Ten Alps Publishing Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Ten Alps Publishing ISSN: 1462-2815|
|Issue:||Date: August, 2009 Source Volume: 82 Source Issue: 8|
|Geographic:||Geographic Scope: United Kingdom Geographic Code: 4EUUK United Kingdom|
Wolff T, Takacs Witkop C, Miller T, Syed S. Folic acid
supplementation for the prevention of neural tube defects: an update of
the evidence for the US Preventive Services Task Force. Annals of
Internal Medicine, 2009; 150(9): 632-9.
Neural tube defects (NTDs) are one of the most common birth defects. A US review of evidence published since 1996, regarding the benefits and harms of folic acid supplementation for women of childbearing age, supports previous evidence that women who take folic acid supplements before and during early pregnancy are less likely to have babies with NTDs than women who do not take folic acid. No evidence was found on the potential harm of masking vitamin B12 deficiency in women of childbearing age.
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