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Folate-autism link research questioned – Expert reaction

John Kerr posted in on May 12th, 2016.

Independent experts are unconvinced by unpublished research reporting a link between expecting mothers’ levels of folate – a vitamin pregnant women are encouraged to take – and autism in children. Pregnant women are encouraged to take the B vitamin folate, as deficiency is linked to the development of lethal or debilitating birth defects. However researchers […]

SMC briefing: folic acid in foods

Peter Griffin posted in on May 29th, 2012.

Adding folic acid to foods is back on the table — here’s a chance to get your head around it. In 2009, the New Zealand government deferred a decision on whether to require fortification of bread with folic acid — to help raise levels of the nutrient folate in women of child-bearing age — citing […]

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Folate and vitamin B12 linked to cancer

Peter Griffin posted in on November 18th, 2009.

Treating people who have pre-existing heart conditions with folic acid and vitamin B12 could increase their risk of cancer and death from any cause, according to a new study in the Journal of American Medical Association. The study was conducted in Norway, which does not have folic acid fortification of its foods and hence was […]

Welma Stonehouse: The importance of folate

Peter Griffin posted in on July 27th, 2009.

Folate is essential for synthesis of DNA and is therefore required for all rapidly growing cells. Without folate living cells can’t divide and new cells can’t be made. “Therefore the need for folate is increased during situations when cell multiplication is needed such as pregnancy or any situation where cells are damaged and need to […]

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