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Many Poor Women Miss Out on Folic Acid Supplements During Pregnancy

Posted 31 May 2018 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 – Even though folic acid supplements are known to lower the risk of birth defects, poorer women rarely take them before or during pregnancy, a new study shows. "The findings are concerning because they show that public health interventions aren't always effective in reaching vulnerable populations who need them the most," said researcher Dr. Tina Cheng, co-director of ...

Supplements Won't Help Prevent Heart Disease: Study

Posted 29 May 2018 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 29, 2018 – When it comes to preventing heart disease, vitamin and mineral supplements are probably a waste of money, a new research review concludes. The findings, published May 28 in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, largely confirm what's already known: Supplements may be popular, but in most cases, there is no evidence they protect against heart disease. There ...

Health Tip: Why Women Need Folic Acid

Posted 18 Jan 2018 by Drugs.com

-- Folic acid is a form of vitamin B that's important for women, especially those who are pregnant or who could become pregnant. Folic acid can help prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spinal cord called neural tube defects. The vitamin is available in supplements, and is found naturally in leafy green vegetables, oranges and beans. It's also available in fortified foods, such as ...

Epilepsy Drug, Topiramate, Could Raise Birth Defect Risks

Posted 29 Dec 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 27, 2017 – A common anti-seizure drug may pose a birth defect problem for pregnant women, a new study warns. Researchers found that pregnant women with epilepsy who take the drug topiramate during their first trimester may boost the risk that their child will be born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. That risk increase specifically applies to women with epilepsy, who typically ...

Women Falling Short on Birth Defect Prevention

Posted 13 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Oct. 13, 2017 – Only a third of women are taking a multivitamin containing folic acid – a nutrient known to prevent serious birth defects – before they know they're pregnant, a new survey has found. The poll, conducted by the March of Dimes, also revealed significant racial disparities: Just 10 percent of black women and 27 percent of Hispanic women of childbearing age report taking ...

Prenatal Multivitamins Linked to Lower Autism Risk

Posted 5 Oct 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Oct. 5, 2017 – Taking a multivitamin during pregnancy may reduce a child's risk of developing autism, a new study suggests. Analyzing more than a quarter-million mother-child pairs in Sweden, researchers found a link – but not cause and effect proof – between multivitamin use and risk of the neurological disorder. "Multivitamin use with or without added iron or folic acid was ...

Could Folic Acid Fight a Cause of Autism?

Posted 8 Sep 2017 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 – By taking folic acid around the time of conception, mothers-to-be may reduce their child's risk of pesticide-related autism, a new study suggests. "We found that if the mom was taking folic acid during the window around conception, the risk associated with pesticides seemed to be attenuated," said study first author Rebecca Schmidt. "Mothers should try to avoid ...

More Folic Acid in Pregnancy May Protect Kids From High Blood Pressure

Posted 8 Mar 2017 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, March 8, 2017 – Higher folic acid levels during pregnancy may reduce the risk of high blood pressure in children if their mothers have heart disease risk factors, a new study suggests. "Our study adds further evidence on the early life origins of high blood pressure," said senior corresponding author Dr. Xiaobin Wang, a pediatrician from Boston University. The study was published ...

New Guidelines Reaffirm Prenatal Folic Acid to Curb Birth Defects

Posted 10 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Jan. 10, 2017 – In a recommendation that reaffirms previous guidelines, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said that folic acid supplements reduce the risk of neural tube defects. As it advised in 2009, the independent panel of experts said women who are pregnant or able to get pregnant should take a daily supplement that contains between 400 and 800 micrograms of folic acid to ...

MRI Helps Assess Fetal Brain Abnormalities: Study

Posted 15 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 15, 2016 – A follow-up MRI scan after a mid-pregnancy ultrasound could help improve diagnosis of a possible fetal brain abnormality, a new British study reports. Women selected for this study had undergone an ultrasound at 18 to 21 weeks of pregnancy that detected a potential brain abnormality in the fetus. The extra information provided by the follow-up MRI helped doctors give a ...

Folic Acid Now Added to Corn Masa Flour: FDA

Posted 17 Jun 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 17, 2016 – Adding folic acid to corn masa flour could help reduce birth defects among Hispanic babies in the United States, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. The FDA recently approved the addition of folic acid, a B vitamin, to corn masa flour, which is used in foods such as tortillas, tacos, tortilla chips and tamales. "By adding folic acid to corn masa flour, we have the ...

Health Tip: Women, Don't Neglect Your Health

Posted 30 May 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Being a wife and mother are important, but women need to take care of themselves, too. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests: See your doctor for regular screenings and checkups. Get plenty of exercise, including aerobic and strengthening exercises. Eat a nutritious, balanced diet that's rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins. Get enough folic acid, ...

Too Much Folic Acid in Pregnancy Tied to Raised Autism Risk in Study

Posted 11 May 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, May 11, 2016 – Pregnant women are encouraged to get plenty of folic acid in their diet or through vitamin supplements, to protect their babies against birth defects of the brain and spinal cord. But a new study suggests that excessive amounts of folate (vitamin B9) and vitamin B12 in a mother's body might increase a baby's risk of developing an autism spectrum disorder. "The new ...

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