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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Independent experts are unconvinced by unpublished research reporting a link between expecting mothers’ levels of folate – a vitamin pregnant women are encouraged to take – and autism in children.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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Vitamin B12 and neural tube defects

Peter Griffin posted in on March 17th, 2009.

A study published in the Pediatrics journal this month suggests that vitamin B12 may be an important nutrient in preventing neural tube defects (NTDs). It has been known for some time that folic acid reduces the risk of having a baby with a NTD, and in New Zealand it is recommended by the Ministry of […]

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