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New Guidelines Reaffirm Prenatal Folic Acid to Curb Birth Defects

Posted 6 days ago 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

Related support groups: Birth Control, Contraception, Folic Acid, Delivery, Folic Acid Deficiency, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Brain Anomalies incl Congenital, Ethinyl Estradiol/folic Acid/levonorgestrel, Folacin-800, Folic Acid/lactobacillus Casei, FA-8, Ortho D, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation, Focalgin-B, Hemocyte-F, Ferrous Fumarate/Folic Acid/Iron Polysaccharide, Ferrous Fumarate/folic Acid/docusate, Nephro-Fer RX, B-Nexa, Ed Cyte F

Health Tip: Get Enough Vitamin C

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

-- To help give your immune system enough strength to protect you from the sniffles and sneezes, start with vitamin C-rich foods. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says: Vitamin C helps the body repair and grow tissue. Vitamin C helps the body absorb a type of iron. Besides citrus fruits such as oranges and grapefruit, strawberries and kiwis also are good sources of vitamin C. Vegetables such as green and red bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and tomatoes all contain vitamin C. To reap the greatest benefit, enjoy these fruits and veggies soon after purchasing. Avoid long cooking times. Read more

Related support groups: Vitamin D, Niacin, Folic Acid, Deplin, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency, Niaspan, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D3, D3, Vitamin E, A-25, Biotin, Calcitriol, Cholecalciferol, Cyanocobalamin, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, B-12, L-Methylfolate, Ergocalciferol

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 more accurate diagnosis and advice, according to the study authors. The study was published Dec. 14 in The Lancet. "Adding an MRI scan when a problem is detected provides additional information to support parents making decisions about their pregnancy," said lead author Paul Griffiths. He's a professor of radiology at the University of Sheffield. "Based on our findings we propose that an MRI scan should be given in any pregnancy where the fetus may have a suspected brain abnormality," Griffiths ... Read more

Related support groups: Folic Acid, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Hydrocephalus, Diagnosis and Investigation, Brain Anomalies incl Congenital, Folacin-800, Body Imaging, Ethinyl Estradiol/folic Acid/levonorgestrel, Restora Rx, FA-8, Folic Acid/Cyanocobalamin Deficiency, FaLessa, Cyanocobalamin/Folic Acid/Pyridoxine/Strontium Gluconate, Equi-Cyte F, Hemocyte-F, Folvite, FaLessa Kit, Nephro-Fer RX, Calcium/folic Acid/ginger/pyridoxine, Ed Cyte F

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 opportunity to impact a large segment of the U.S. population and protect parents and their children from the devastating birth defects that are linked to insufficient folic acid consumed by the mother before and during pregnancy," said Dr. Jonca Bull, director of the FDA's Office of Minority Health. When consumed by pregnant women, folic acid is known to lower the risk of a baby being born with neural tube defects, which affect the brain, spine and spinal cord. While folic acid has long been ... 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

Related support groups: Anxiety and Stress, Smoking, Smoking Cessation, Alcohol Dependence, Folic Acid, Alcoholism, Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease, Sunscreen, Folic Acid Deficiency, Cardiovascular Risk Reduction, Folacin-800, Ethinyl Estradiol/folic Acid/levonorgestrel, Focalgin-B, FA-8, Ferrous Fumarate/Folic Acid, Folvite, Ferrous Fumarate/folic Acid/docusate, B-Nexa, Cholecalciferol/folic Acid, Hemocyte-F

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

Related support groups: Folic Acid, Autism, Asperger Syndrome, Folic Acid Deficiency, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Folacin-800, Ethinyl Estradiol/folic Acid/levonorgestrel, FA-8, Cyanocobalamin/Folic Acid/Pyridoxine/Strontium Gluconate, Equi-Cyte F, Folvite, Ferrous Fumarate/Folic Acid, FaLessa Kit, Hemocyte-F, Calcium/folic Acid/ginger/pyridoxine, Folic Acid/lactobacillus Casei, Nephro-Fer RX, Ed Cyte F, Ortho D, Tandem F

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