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Prevention program for reducing risk for neural tube defects--South Carolina, 1992-1994.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7862080     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Neural tube defects (NTDs) are common and serious malformations that originate early in pregnancy. In the United States, approximately 4000 pregnancies each year are affected by the two most common NTDs (spina bifida and anencephaly), and an estimated 2500 infants are born with NTDs. Based on a Public Health Service (PHS) recommendation published in September 1992, at least one half of NTDs could be prevented if all women capable of becoming pregnant consumed 0.4 mg of folic acid daily during the periconceptional period (1). Women who have previously had an NTD-affected pregnancy would especially benefit from folic acid supplements (2). In 1992, with support from a CDC cooperative agreement, the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs implemented a prevention program to reduce the incidence of folic acid-preventable NTDs in the pregnancies of women with prior NTD-affected pregnancies. This report describes surveillance findings resulting from this program during 1992-1994.
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  MMWR. Morbidity and mortality weekly report     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0149-2195     ISO Abbreviation:  MMWR Morb. Mortal. Wkly. Rep.     Publication Date:  1995 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1995-03-17     Completed Date:  1995-03-17     Revised Date:  2008-02-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7802429     Medline TA:  MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  141-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Folic Acid / administration & dosage
Neural Tube Defects / epidemiology,  prevention & control*
Population Surveillance
Prenatal Care / statistics & numerical data
Program Evaluation
South Carolina / epidemiology
Reg. No./Substance:
59-30-3/Folic Acid

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