Folate May Limit Language Delays in Kids of Epileptic Women (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Not using folic acid before and during pregnancy increased risks substantially (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - August 1, 2018 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Folic Acid Supplements in Pregnancy Help Kids of Women With Epilepsy
WEDNESDAY, Aug. 1, 2018 -- Drugs taken in pregnancy to prevent epilepsy seizures can raise the risk of language delays in children. But new research shows that folic acid supplements can cut that risk. One U.S. ob/gyn said the finding has real... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 1, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

MRI shows how kids compensate for dyslexia
Using MRI, an international team of researchers believe they have found the...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: MRI shows the uniqueness of brain anatomy MRI brain scans show benefits of prenatal folic acid MRI reveals how schizophrenia may improve Could brain imaging predict future behavior? fMRI investigates roots of dyslexia (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 26, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

MRI connects autism with deficit in brain reward pathway
MRI scans revealed that the social impairment common to children with autism...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: MRI brain scans show benefits of prenatal folic acid DTI-MRI finds abnormal brain connections in autistic kids MRI reveals key brain differences in people with genetic autism MRI links early brain abnormality in infants to autism DTI shows how music could help kids with autism, ADHD (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 17, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

PET, MRI combine to predict drug efficacy
Through a combination of PET and MRI, Canadian researchers are developing a...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: MRI brain scans show benefits of prenatal folic acid MRI of cortical folds may help predict psychosis MRI shows brain changes after 1 season of youth football MRI, radiomics help diagnose, discern ADHD subtypes MRI reveals how schizophrenia may improve (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 11, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

MRI shows the uniqueness of brain anatomy
MRI scans of some 200 healthy older adults revealed that each person's brain...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: MRI brain scans show benefits of prenatal folic acid MRI of cortical folds may help predict psychosis MRI shows brain changes after 1 season of youth football MRI, radiomics help diagnose, discern ADHD subtypes MRI reveals how schizophrenia may improve (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 11, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Prenatal Folic Acid Fortification May Affect Cortical Development
Flatter thinning profiles linked to lower odds of psychosis spectrum symptoms in offspring (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - July 9, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Family Medicine, Gynecology, Neurology, Nursing, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Prenatal Folic Acid Fortification May Affect Cortical Development
MONDAY, July 9, 2018 -- Gestational exposure to folic acid fortification is associated with cortical development, according to a study published online July 3 in JAMA Psychiatry. Hamdi Eryilmaz, Ph.D., from the Massachusetts General Hospital in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 9, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Folic Acid Benefits Go Beyond Preventing Birth Defects (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Positive effects seen in brain development, later-life mental health (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - July 5, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Folic acid linked to healthy brain development through childhood
(Reuters Health) - Folic acid fortification not only protects developing babies against certain birth defects but also supports healthy brain development through the teenage years, researchers report. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Added Folate May Have Helped Cut Kids' Psychosis
Beyond protecting against defects such as spina bifida, fortifying the grain supply with folic acid may also enhance fetal brain development and lower the long-term risk for developing psychosis, a new study suggests. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prenatal Folic Acid May Cut Subsequent Psychosis Risk in Teens Prenatal Folic Acid May Cut Subsequent Psychosis Risk in Teens
Prenatal exposure to folic acid may reduce the risk for subsequent psychosis in teens, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news

Folic acid during pregnancy protects your child from schizophrenia
Researchers analyzed brain scans of kids born before and after the US fortified all grain foods with folic acid. They saw a marked decrease in mental illness in children exposed in the womb. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MRI brain scans show benefits of prenatal folic acid
MRI scans show that adolescents whose mothers received food enriched with folic...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Fetal MRI scans might foretell effects of severe anemia MRI of cortical folds may help predict psychosis DTI-MRI poses new cause for schizophrenia MRI reveals how schizophrenia may improve fMRI shows brain activity in early psychosis (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - July 3, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Did Folic Acid Supplementation in Foods Lead to Less Psychosis in Kids?
TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 -- Investigators say they've found an unanticipated but welcome twist in a decades-long effort to reduce birth defects by boosting folate levels among pregnant women. Beyond protecting against serious defects such as spina... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - July 3, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

mSakhi Is Changing Everything for This Community Health Worker and Her Clients in Rural India
June 25, 2018Digital health  empowers Lalita to provide better antenatal care—and to keep up with her children.Lalita Chauhan starts her day early to the sound of an alarm from her phone. A couple of years ago, she could not have imagined starting her day in such a high-tech way, much less owning a smartphone.As an ASHA (or accredited social health activist) in rural India, Lalita and other community health workers are benefitting from the country ’s Digital India initiative, whereby the national government is transitioning paper-based services to digital platforms to make public services more accessi...
Source: IntraHealth International - June 25, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: mnathe Source Type: news

Should we all take folic acid to prevent a heart attack?
The body needs a regular supply of folate (about 200mcg a day for an adult) to produce healthy red blood cells, and most people get what they need from their diet. But could more save your life? (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Few High-Risk Mothers in Boston Took Folic Acid Before Pregnancy
MONDAY, June 4, 2018 -- Among an urban, low-income minority population, few women started folic acid supplementation before pregnancy, according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Public Health. Tina L. Cheng, M.D.,... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - June 4, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Folic acid supplements can reduce the risk of stroke by 73% in hypertensive patients
(Natural News) Expectant mothers are quite familiar with the importance of ensuring they get enough folic acid to help prevent birth defects like spina bifida, but it turns out that there’s another group who can benefit greatly from this vitamin: adults with hypertension. According to a study published in the Journal of the American College... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Many Poor Women Miss Out on Folic Acid Supplements During Pregnancy
THURSDAY, May 31, 2018 -- Even though folic acid supplements are known to lower the risk of birth defects, poorer women rarely take them before or during pregnancy, a new study shows. " The findings are concerning because they show that public... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 31, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Most Supplements Do Little to Protect the Heart (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Review supports only folic acid and B-complex vitamins (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - May 29, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Supplements Won't Prevent Heart Disease: Study
There was one exception, researchers said. A more recent clinical trial in China found that folic acid supplements helped curb participants' risk of stroke. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - May 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Most vitamin, mineral supplements not shown to lower heart disease risk
(American College of Cardiology) Current research does not show enough evidence that vitamin or mineral supplements are beneficial for preventing or treating heart disease, with the exception of folic acid for reducing stroke risk, according to a review article published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Current recommendations to adopt healthy diets that are heavy in plant-based foods from which these vitamins are derived naturally should be reinforced. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 28, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Elevated homocysteine identified as metabolic risk factor for neurodegenerative diseases
(Temple University Health System) Homocysteine occurs naturally in the human body, generated as a byproduct of methionine metabolism. Genetic diseases or an imbalanced diet, with too much red meat or B vitamins and folic acid deficiencies, can lead to high homocysteine levels, a condition known as hyperhomocysteinemia. This causes considerable harm to the heart but can also affect the brain.Now, Temple researchers further reveal the extent to which elevated homocysteine damages the brain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Folic acid deficiency: This sound could be a sign you have the condition
FOLIC acid deficiency happens when you don ’t eat enough products containing the vital nutrient. Look out for these warning signs that you are suffering from the condition. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - May 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Hypertensive patients may benefit from folic acid supplements
Hypertensive adults with low platelet count who took a combined daily pill of both enalapril and folic acid saw a 73 percent reduction in their risk of first stroke compared to patients who took only enalapril daily, according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - May 8, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Folic Acid May Cut Stroke Risk in High-Risk Hypertensive Patients
MONDAY, May 7, 2018 -- Hypertensive patients may lower their stroke risk with folic acid supplements, according to a study published in the May 15 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Xiangyi Kong, M.D., from Peking University... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - May 7, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Folic Acid Cut Strokes in Hypertensive Patients on Enalapril
(MedPage Today) -- Lowered risk in those with low platelets and elevated homocysteine levels (Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular)
Source: MedPage Today Cardiovascular - May 7, 2018 Category: Cardiology Source Type: news

Folic acid 'can SLASH high blood pressure patients
TAKING folic acid can slash high blood pressure patients (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - May 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The power of folic-acid: Supplements can slash a stroke by almost 75%
Researchers from Peking University found that adults with hypertension who take folic acid, alongside blood-pressure medication, every day for four years are 73 per cent less at risk of stroke. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Formate prevents most folic acid-resistant neural tube defects in mice
(Baylor College of Medicine) A multi-institutional research team has developed a novel folic acid-resistant neural tube defect mouse model of the human condition by silencing the Slc25a32 gene, and, in most of the mutant mice, neural tube defects can be prevented by formate supplementation. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Enthusiasm over vitamins often outpaces evidence
When she was a young physician, Dr. Martha Gulati noticed that many of her mentors were prescribing vitamin E and folic acid to patients. Preliminary studies in the early 1990s had linked both supplements to a lower risk of heart disease. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - April 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Spina bifida charity accuses midwives of 'scaremongering'
Nurse Gill Yaz, of the spina bifida charity Shine, said she feared the number of women taking folic acid could drop if women got the false message it was harmful. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Older Americans Are ‘ Hooked ’ on Vitamins
Sixty-eight percent of those 65 and older take vitamin supplements. Much of what we once believed about the benefits is wrong. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - April 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: LIZ SZABO, KAISER HEALTH NEWS Tags: Vitamins Preventive Medicine Dietary Supplements and Herbal Remedies Diet and Nutrition Prostate Cancer Heart Hazardous and Toxic Substances Vegetables Folic Acid Vitamin E Vitamin D Calcium Omega-3 Fatty Acids Beta Carotene Source Type: news

Personalized nutrition tests aim to identify micronutrient and vitamin deficiencies
(Natural News) Personalized nutrition is of utmost importance, especially for athletes. Now a newly formulated blood test and food questionnaire combo has been developed to ensure the achievement of certain nutritional goals. It’s a system called NutriProfiel, and it has been devised to show clear links between levels of folic acid and vitamins B6, B12,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - March 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cyfolex (Cholecalciferol, Folic Acid, Calcium Carbonate, and Bovine Type I Collagen Capsules) - new on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - March 21, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Folic Acid in Utero Tied to Food Allergy Risk
(MedPage Today) -- But total folate at birth not associated with later food allergies (Source: MedPage Today Allergy)
Source: MedPage Today Allergy - March 6, 2018 Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: news

Increasing intake of folate found to reduce risk of developing type-2 diabetes in women
(Natural News) Recent findings of Korean scientists suggest that increasing folate intake could help protect women against type-2 diabetes, as concluded in a Diabetes.co.uk article. Also known as Vitamin B9 folic acid (when taken as a synthetic supplement), folate is an essential vitamin involved in the creation of healthy proteins, DNA, and cell division. As it cannot... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 15, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Low carb diets like Atkins, Paleo, Keto associated with reduced intake of folic acid, which increases risk of birth defects
(Natural News) Low carbohydrate diets, such as Atkin, Paleo, and Keto, continue to become popular diets today. However, you may want to avoid these diets if you are pregnant or trying to become one as they could raise the risk of having babies with congenital disabilities, particularly neural tube birth defects, according to a study.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists Urge UK to Fortify Flour With Folic Acid to Limit Birth Defects Scientists Urge UK to Fortify Flour With Folic Acid to Limit Birth Defects
Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Folic acid: Why scientists want it added to flour
Scientists hope folic acid in flour could lower the number of babies born with birth defects. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Put folic acid in bread to protect babies, says study
A major new study has concluded that adding folic acid to flour and bread in Britain would help protect babies from devastating medical conditions such as spina bifida. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Folic acid: new research is a 'gamechanger' in push to fortify British foods
Study concludes there is no need for an upper limit on folate, removing a further barrier to mandatory fortification that would prevent birth defectsBread and flour should be fortified with folic acid in the UK to help prevent babies from being born with neural tube defects such asspina bifida, according to new research.A study by Queen Mary University of London and the School of Advanced Study at the University of London concludes that there is no need for an upper limit of folate intake.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 31, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Rebecca Smithers Tags: Health Pregnancy Medical research Food & drink industry Business Family wellbeing Life and style Parents and parenting Science Society UK news Source Type: news

'Overwhelming' evidence for adding folic acid to flour
The B vitamin, which can prevent birth defects, will not harm the general public, a study says. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Scientists urge UK to fortify flour with folic acid to limit birth defects
LONDON(Reuters) - Britain's failure to legislate to make food producers fortify flour with folic acid to help prevent babies being born with birth defects is based on flawed analysis and should be reversed, scientists said on Wednesday. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Government Urged To Fortify Food With Folic Acid To Prevent Birth Defects
The UK should fortify flour with folate to prevent babies being born with serious birth defects, say researchers, who show that previous data on the dangers of taking too much is flawed (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - January 31, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Helen Thomson, Contributor Source Type: news

Hundreds of children born with defects because of folic acid mistake
A "STATISTICAL error" that resulted in an upper limit being set for daily folic acid intake may have contributed to hundreds of children being born with common birth defects, scientists say. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news