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Folic Acid Injection (New - Currently in Shortage)
Drug Shortage (Source: FDA Drug Shortages)
Source: FDA Drug Shortages - September 19, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Pregnant moms who take folic acid cut autism risk from pesticides
(Reuters Health) - Children whose mothers took folic acid supplements early in their pregnancies were less likely to develop autism, even when the pregnant moms were exposed to pesticides linked to the neurodevelopmental disorder, a new study found. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Slow Medicine: Rethinking Folic Acid Guidelines
(MedPage Today) -- Supplementation not necessary for all women of reproductive age (Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN)
Source: MedPage Today OB/GYN - September 14, 2017 Category: OBGYN Source Type: news

Folic acid may decrease autism risk linked to pesticides
By taking folic acid around the time of conception, mothers-to-be may reduce their child's risk of pesticide-related autism, a new study suggests. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could Folic Acid Fight a Cause of Autism?
Prenatal supplements may help reduce harms of pesticide exposure, study suggests Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Autism Spectrum Disorder, Folic Acid, Pesticides (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Could Folic Acid Fight a Cause of Autism?
FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2017 -- By taking folic acid around the time of conception, mothers-to-be may reduce their child's risk of pesticide-related autism, a new study suggests. " We found that if the mom was taking folic acid during the window around... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 8, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Folic acid may mitigate autism risk from pesticides
(University of California - Davis Health System) Researchers at UC Davis and other institutions have shown that mothers who take recommended amounts of folic acid around conception might reduce their children's pesticide-related autism risk. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Vitamin B3 found in Marmite not proven to prevent miscarriage
Conclusion This early-stage laboratory research has pinpointed two potential genes that might be responsible for some miscarriages and birth defects. As well as identifying a problem, the researchers also managed to find a solution: the effect of these genes can be combatted by increasing vitamin B3 intake. But treating a very specific and uncommon cause of birth defects in mice is certainly not a sure-fire solution to "significantly reduce the number of miscarriages and birth defects around the world". We need future research to see if the same effect would happen in humans. Also, three of the four children inc...
Source: NHS News Feed - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Source Type: news

Pregnant women advised to take folic acid supplements
University of Ulster researchers found there was an advantage for children whose mothers had taken folic acid for verbal IQ and reasoning compared to those who did not take the folic acid. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Fatal folic acid toxicity in humans - Devnath GP, Kumaran S, Rajiv R, Shaha KK, Nagaraj A.
Folic acid is B-9 vitamin. Folic acid is prescribed commonly for pregnant women to prevent neural tube defects in the fetus, patients under chemotherapy, pernicious anemia and to reduce the risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease. Acute or chronic ingest... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 11, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Use Folic Acid Supplements to Prevent Neural Tube Defects
On Jan. 10, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force published its final recommendation statement and evidence summary on folic acid supplementation to prevent neural tube defects. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - January 16, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

U.S. panel recommends folic acid supplements for young women
(Reuters Health) - Women who may get pregnant - whether planned or unplanned - should take a daily folic acid supplement to prevent neural tube defects like spina bifida, according to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - January 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

New guidelines reaffirm prenatal folic acid to curb birth defects
HealthDay News 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. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

USPSTF Reaffirms Recommendation on Folic Acid Supplementation (FREE)
By the Editors The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that all women who are planning or capable of pregnancy take a multivitamin with folic acid … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - January 10, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Daily folic acid supplementation remains important for prevention of birth defects
Despite the mandatory addition of folic acid to enriched grain products in the United States, many women still do not consume adequate amounts of this important vitamin, according to a new editorial. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - January 10, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Daily supplement of folic acid recommended to prevent birth defects
New state-issued report recommends a daily supplementary intake of folic acid to women capable of being pregnant in order to prevent neural tube defects. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy / Obstetrics Source Type: news

New Guidelines Reaffirm Prenatal Folic Acid to Curb Birth Defects
Women of childbearing age should take 400 to 800 micrograms daily, task force recommends Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Folic Acid, Neural Tube Defects, Pregnancy (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - January 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Guidelines Reaffirm Prenatal Folic Acid to Curb Birth Defects
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... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 10, 2017 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

A runner ’ s hysterectomy recovery – Jo ’ s story
The post A runner’s hysterectomy recovery – Jo’s story appeared first on Hysterectomy Association. At 47, for eighteen months I’d been suffering excruciating pain every time I went to the loo. Sometimes, the pain was so horrendous that I would find myself subconsciously stopping myself midflow. Other things began to happen too; my constipation that I had suffered for many years at the time of my period became a permanent problem and I had a constant pain in my left groin that seemed to worsen when I sat for any length of time. An internal scan and an MRI scan drew a blank. Thankfully I had a fantast...
Source: The Hysterectomy Association - December 20, 2016 Category: OBGYN Authors: Linda Tags: Your Stories adenomyosis LAVH Source Type: news

Folic acid in flour 'would potentially save HUNDREDS of babies from  spina bifida'
Professor Sir Colin Blakemore is a former chief executive of the Medical Research Council. He insists that flour be infused with folic acid. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - December 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Folic Acid Supplementation for CKD? Not So Fast Folic Acid Supplementation for CKD? Not So Fast
Although folic acid supplementation was shown to benefit patients with CKD in a Chinese study, Dr Berns argues that it won't be much help to patients in the United States.Medscape Nephrology (Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pharmacist Headlines - November 7, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Tags: Nephrology Commentary Source Type: news

Folic Acid Fortification Reduces Congenital Heart Defect Risk Folic Acid Fortification Reduces Congenital Heart Defect Risk
Fortifying food with folic acid reduces the risk of certain nonchromosomal congenital heart defects (CHDs), according to new findings published in Circulation.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - September 2, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ob/Gyn & Women ' s Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Folic acid may protect against congenital heart defects
Findings from a study of Canadian data show that fortifying foods with folic acid are associated with reduced rates of congenital heart defects. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nutrition / Diet Source Type: news

Heart birth defects dropped after folic acid was added to food
HealthDay News 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. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 30, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heart Birth Defects Dropped After Folic Acid Was Added to Food
Canadian study found that structural problems saw biggest declinesSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Congenital Heart Defects, Folic Acid (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - August 29, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Heart Birth Defects Dropped After Folic Acid Was Added to Food
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... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 29, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Modest Doses of Folic Acid Slow CKD Progression Modest Doses of Folic Acid Slow CKD Progression
Effect was seen in patients with chronic kidney disease living in areas without folic acid fortification.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 24, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic Minute: Does Folic Acid Prevent Childhood Obesity?
Health care professionals have known for decades that women of childbearing age should take folic acid, because it reduces a baby's risk of being born with the neural tube defect, spina bifida. New research shows there may be another good reason for mothers-to-be to take the mineral — it may prevent obesity in children. In [...] (Source: News from Mayo Clinic)
Source: News from Mayo Clinic - August 21, 2016 Category: Databases & Libraries Source Type: news

Pregnancy supplements 'don’t help, just take vit D and folic acid'
Conclusion This report aimed to assess the current UK guidance for vitamin supplementation in pregnancy and the evidence on which it is based. Overall the findings are in line with the current recommendations. However, this study cannot be assumed to be a comprehensive systematic review on the effectiveness and safety of vitamins during pregnancy.  There is lack of detail on any formal methods and we don't know if the researchers assessed all available evidence on the supplements or whether they have cherry picked ones that fit in with the recommendations.  The researchers suggest a further limitation that...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Medication Source Type: news

Pregnancy supplements 'don ’t help, just take vit D and folic acid'
Conclusion This report aimed to assess the current UK guidance for vitamin supplementation in pregnancy and the evidence on which it is based. Overall the findings are in line with the current recommendations. However, this study cannot be assumed to be a comprehensive systematic review on the effectiveness and safety of vitamins during pregnancy.  There is lack of detail on any formal methods and we don't know if the researchers assessed all available evidence on the supplements or whether they have cherry picked ones that fit in with the recommendations.  The researchers suggest a further limitation that...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pregnancy/child Medication Source Type: news

Folic acid now added to corn masa flour: FDA
HealthDay News 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. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - June 17, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Folic Acid Now Added to Corn Masa Flour: FDA
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,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 17, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Well: Folic Acid During Pregnancy May Lower Risk of Childhood Obesity
Pregnant women are advised to take folic acid to prevent birth defects. It may also lower the risk of obesity in their offspring. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 15, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Birth Defects folic acid Pregnancy and Childbirth Women and Girls Family Featured Source Type: news

Adding Folic Acid to Corn Masa Flour May Prevent Birth Defects
When consumed by women before and during pregnancy, folic acid, a B vitamin, may help to prevent neural tube defects (NTDs). A recent FDA action has made that easier for Hispanic women. (Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates)
Source: FDA Consumer Health Information Updates - June 13, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Folic Acid Linked to Less Autism in Kids of Women With Epilepsy Folic Acid Linked to Less Autism in Kids of Women With Epilepsy
New research suggests that women with epilepsy who take an antiepileptic drug should start taking folic acid supplements as early as possible in pregnancy, if not before. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - June 9, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news

Antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy: Folic acid could help to prevent autism
If pregnant women take antiepileptic drugs, the child can develop autistic traits. The administration of folic acid preparations appears to be a suitable means of preventing this serious side-effect, suggest researchers. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 31, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Folic Acid for Moms-To-Be Not as Effective as Thought?
Study authors stress women should still take the B vitamin before and during pregnancy Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Folic Acid, Neural Tube Defects (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - May 20, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Folic Acid for Moms-to-Be Not as Effective as Thought?
FRIDAY, May 20, 2016 -- Fortifying cereals, grains and flour with folic acid has not protected against the risk of certain birth defects as much as experts thought it would, a large, new study suggests. At issue are neural tube defects, which... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 20, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Less decline than expected in brain, spine defects after folic acid fortification program
There is less decline than expected in the rate of brain and spine defects after a folic acid fortification program, a new study has found. The new findings are likely to contribute to an ongoing debate about the future of the fortification program. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 18, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news

Drop in birth defects slowed after folic acid fortification
(Reuters Health) - Having cereal and bread manufacturers add folic acid to their products may not be enough to help prevent certain birth defects, suggests a study from California. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 18, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Too much folic acid in pregnancy tied to autism risk in study
Dennis Thompson, HealthDay News Pregnant women are encouraged to get plenty of folic acid, but a new study suggests excessive folate and vitamin B12 might increase a baby's risk of autism. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - May 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Breaking down study on possible folic acid-autism link
A study is suggesting a link between folic acid, which is commonly recommended for pregnant women to cut down on birth defects, and the development of autism in children (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What you need to know about study on folic acid and autism
A new study suggests a link between high levels of folic acid in pregnant women and children developing autism spectrum disorder; CBS News' Dr. Jon LaPook explains what it really means (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 12, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A study asks: Too much folic acid a cause of autism?
NEW YORK (AP) — For decades, pregnant women and women who may become pregnant have been advised to take folic acid to help prevent certain birth defects. (Source: U.S. News - Health)
Source: U.S. News - Health - May 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study asks: Is too much folic acid a cause of autism?
Folic acid can help prevent birth defects, but new research suggests a possible risk of taking too much (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - May 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Mums-to-be taking too much folic acid could 'increase risk of baby developing autism'
PREGNANT women who take too much folic acid and its natural form vitamin B12 could increase the risk of their baby developing autism, new research has warned. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - May 11, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Too Much Folic Acid in Pregnancy Tied to Raised Autism Risk in Study
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... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - May 11, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news

Folic acid still important for all women of childbearing age
(Reuters Health) – - The United States Preventive Services Task Force still says that all women planning to have a child or capable of having one take 0.4 to 0.8 milligrams of folic acid in a supplement daily, according to a new statement from the government-backed panel. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 10, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Putting the spotlight on folic acid supplementation in pregnancy
(Future Science Group) Future Science Group today announced the publication of a new article in Future Science OA, reviewing national and international guidelines for folic acid supplementation, and analyzing its potential risks and benefits in terms of maternal and fetal outcomes. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 6, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

FDA Gives Manufacturers Go-Ahead To Add Folic Acid To Corn Flour, Tortillas To Reduce Birth Defects
Corn masa flour, used to make tortillas and tamales, is a staple in the diets of many people in the United States who are from Mexico or Central America. Until last week, though, the Food and Drug Administration did not allow manufacturers to fortify the flour with folic acid, which might help reduce women's risk of having a baby with spina bifida or another neural tube defect. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 18, 2016 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rita Rubin Source Type: news