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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 ...

Risk of Death Due to Birth Defects Higher If Baby Covered by Medicaid

Posted 26 Jan 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 26, 2017 – Severe birth defects cause about one in every five infant deaths in the United States. Now, new research finds that the odds for one of these tragic events rise if a newborn is covered by Medicaid rather than private insurance. For babies born at term, deaths due to birth defects "were approximately 45 percent higher for deliveries covered by Medicaid than those covered ...

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. ...

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 ...

Mom's Healthy Diet Linked to Lower Heart Defect Risk at Birth

Posted 25 Aug 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Aug. 25, 2015 – Women who eat healthy diets prior to pregnancy are less likely to have a baby born with a heart defect, researchers report. Women who followed a very healthy diet were 37 percent less likely than those who ate poorly to have a baby with tetralogy of Fallot, a complex heart defect that causes babies to turn blue because their blood can't carry enough oxygen. The women ...

Neural Tube Defects, Such as Spina Bifida, on the Decline: CDC

Posted 15 Jan 2015 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Jan. 15, 2015 – Serious birth defects of the brain and spine called neural tube defects have fallen 35 percent in the United States since mandatory folic acid fortification of enriched grain products was introduced in 1998, federal officials reported Thursday. That decrease means 1,300 fewer babies are born annually with neural tube defects such as spina bifida, the most common neural ...

Blood Test Might Help Prevent Certain Birth Defects

Posted 29 Jul 2014 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, July 29, 2014 – A simple blood test could help prevent neural tube birth defects such as spina bifida, new research finds. The test would measure the concentration of folate (a form of vitamin B) in a pregnant women's red blood cells. The findings from this study – conducted by an international team of scientists – could help doctors predict the risk of serious birth defects known as ...

Some Painkillers Tied to Certain Birth Defects in Study

Posted 10 Sep 2013 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, Sept. 10 – Women taking prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin and Percocet early in pregnancy are twice as likely to give birth to babies with devastating neural tube defects such as spina bifida, a new study suggests. Despite the doubled risk, researchers described the escalation as "modest" since neural tube defects – which include those of the brain and spine – seldom ...

Mom's Healthy Diet Might Cut Birth Defect Risk

Posted 3 Oct 2011 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Oct. 3 – Pregnant women who eat a healthy diet appear to reduce the risk of having a baby with a major birth defect, such as spina bifida or a cleft lip or palette, a new study suggests. Neural tube birth defects – including spina bifida and other brain abnormalities – are known to decrease when pregnant women take supplements of folic acid, a type of vitamin B that also has been added ...

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