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Preventing birth defects with folic acid.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12360641     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
There a few birth defects known to be preventable, but neural tube defects (NTDs) are one group of congenital anomalies that can potentially be prevented. When 400 micrograms of maternal periconceptional folic acid is taken daily, it can prevent many neural tube-related birth defects and thus reduce morbidity and mortality due to these birth defects. Health care providers should encourage every woman of reproductive age to consume 400 micrograms of synthetic folic acid daily, not just those who are planning a pregnancy. Supplementation needs to be started prior to conception for optimal effectiveness.
Authors:
Quinn Stein; Laura Keppen; William J Watson
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  South Dakota journal of medicine     Volume:  55     ISSN:  0038-3317     ISO Abbreviation:  S D J Med     Publication Date:  2002 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-10-03     Completed Date:  2002-11-08     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0040162     Medline TA:  S D J Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  389-91     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Congenital Abnormalities / prevention & control*
Female
Folic Acid / standards,  therapeutic use*
Humans
Neural Tube Defects / prevention & control
Pregnancy
Pregnancy Complications / prevention & control*
United States / epidemiology
United States Food and Drug Administration
Women's Health
Chemical
Reg. No./Substance:
59-30-3/Folic Acid

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