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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 prevent these potentially fatal birth defects. Neural tube defects occur when the brain or spinal cord do not develop properly, leading to serious disabilities or even death. These birth defects take place very early in pregnancy. Sometimes they occur even before a woman knows that she is expecting, the task force explained. Folic acid supplements are most beneficial if women take them one month before becoming pregnant and continue taking them for the first three months of pregnancy, the panel ... Read more

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Blood Banks Face Seasonal Shortages, New Screening Rules

Posted 23 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, Dec. 23, 2016 – There's typically a shortage of both blood and platelets during the holiday season. But, tighter testing for a rare complication of transfusions makes the need for platelets even more urgent, experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas say. Platelets are a component of blood that are essential for clotting. The complication, called transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI), is the leading cause of death due to transfusions, the experts said. "One reason the supply of blood platelets has decreased is that we now have additional required testing of platelets after donation," said Dr. Thomas Froehlich, medical director at the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center. Blood and platelet shortages are traditionally common during the holidays. The shortages put cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, trauma victims and people with health issues that ... Read more

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Heart Birth Defects Dropped After Folic Acid Was Added to Food

Posted 29 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 29, 2016 – The introduction of folic acid-fortified foods in Canada was associated with a decrease in babies being born with heart defects, a new study found. Researchers reviewed data from nearly 6 million births in Canada. The births occurred between 1990 and 2011. Folic acid food fortification became mandatory for all types of flour, enriched pasta and cornmeal in 1998 in Canada. During the study period, there was an 11 percent decline in rates of congenital heart defects overall. But decreases weren't seen in all types of heart defects present at birth. The biggest declines – between 15 percent and 27 percent – were in structural defects of the heart, such as holes in the wall of the heart or a narrowing of the major artery (the aorta) that carries blood to the body from the heart, the investigators found. But, there was no reduction in heart defects at birth caused ... Read more

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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, and limit alcohol use. Stay mentally healthy by finding ways to cope with stress, and getting plenty of sleep each night. Don't smoke, use caution with prescription drugs, and protect your skin daily with sunscreen. Read more

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Folic Acid for Moms-to-Be Not as Effective as Thought?

Posted 20 May 2016 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 – Fortifying cereals, grains and flour with folic acid has not protected against the risk of certain birth defects as much as experts thought it would, a large, new study suggests. At issue are neural tube defects, which include anencephaly, a fatal condition where a baby's brain does not develop, and a paralyzing spinal cord deformity known as spina bifida. In the late 1990s, health experts found that low folic acid blood levels were linked to both birth defects. So, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration mandated that cereal and grain products be fortified with the B vitamin. To measure just how effective that effort has been, investigators from Stanford University School of Medicine analyzed 1.3 million births across eight central California counties over two decades. Between 1989 and 2010, there was an average of about 88 cases of neural tube defects for every ... Read more

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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 research question before us is to understand the optimal dose," said co-researcher Daniele Fallin. She is a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. "Some [folate] is a good thing. It does appear the levels in the body could get too high, and that would be a bad thing," she said. "Supplementation is indeed an important thing," Fallin added. "We would not want anyone to interpret from this that they should stop taking vitamin supplements if they are intending to ... Read more

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Health Tip: Recognizing Signs of Anemia

Posted 18 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Anemia occurs when there are insufficient red blood cells, or they don't function properly. The American Society of Hematology says warning signs include: Feeling weak or dizzy. Having colder hands and feet. Having pale skin or a yellow tint. Feeling short of breath. Having an irregular or fast heartbeat. Hearing a whooshing sound or pounding in the ears. Having frequent chest pain or headache. Read more

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