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Folic acid is a B vitamin. It helps the body make healthy new cells. Everyone needs folic acid. For women who may get pregnant, it is really important. When a woman has enough folic acid in her body before and during pregnancy, it can prevent major birth defects of her baby's brain or spine.

Foods with folic acid in them include leafy green vegetables, fruits, dried beans, peas and nuts. Enriched breads, cereals and other grain products also contain folic acid. If you don't get enough folic acid from the foods you eat, you can also take it as a dietary supplement.
Gap in stillbirth rates between indigenous and non-indigenous women in Australia is closing

Gap in stillbirth rates between indigenous and non-indigenous women in Australia is closing

The gap in stillbirth rates between indigenous and non-indigenous women in Queensland, Australia, is closing, however indigenous women are still at risk of stillbirth due to preventable causes, find researchers in a new study published today (3 September) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG). [More]
B vitamins do not prevent Alzheimer's disease

B vitamins do not prevent Alzheimer's disease

Taking B vitamins doesn't slow mental decline as we age, nor is it likely to prevent Alzheimer's disease, conclude Oxford University researchers who have assembled all the best clinical trial data involving 22,000 people to offer a final answer on this debate. [More]
Medac Pharma's Rasuvo injection gets FDA approval for RA, pJIA and psoriasis

Medac Pharma's Rasuvo injection gets FDA approval for RA, pJIA and psoriasis

Medac Pharma, Inc., a privately held pharmaceutical company focused on the development of new molecules and improving the effectiveness of existing medicines, announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Rasuvo, a subcutaneous injectable methotrexate (MTX) therapy delivered in an auto-injector for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), polyarticular-course juvenile idiopathic arthritis (pJIA) and psoriasis. [More]
Parents should take initiative to make sure their hungry teens have healthy fare to eat

Parents should take initiative to make sure their hungry teens have healthy fare to eat

Refrigerators and pantries across the country are bracing for the seasonal assault from teenagers who are now done with school and will eat most of their meals at home for the summer months. [More]
Hispanic women urged to be informed about pregnancy and baby health

Hispanic women urged to be informed about pregnancy and baby health

Hispanic women are significantly more likely to have a baby with a neural tube birth defect, and nearly a quarter of all preterm births in the United States are Hispanic, according to a new report from the March of Dimes. [More]
Female mice deprived of dietary zinc before conception experience fertility problems

Female mice deprived of dietary zinc before conception experience fertility problems

Female mice deprived of dietary zinc for a relatively short time before conception experienced fertility and pregnancy problems and had smaller, less-developed fetuses than mice that ingested zinc during the same times, according to researchers in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences. [More]
Analytik announces UK and Ireland release of the SciAps Inspector 500 SWIR Raman for the pharmaceutical industry

Analytik announces UK and Ireland release of the SciAps Inspector 500 SWIR Raman for the pharmaceutical industry

Analytik, leading suppliers of innovative analytical instrumentation, announce the SciAps Inspector 500 SWIR Raman system for the pharmaceutical industry. [More]
Pemetrexed plus erlotinib shows benefits in NSCLC

Pemetrexed plus erlotinib shows benefits in NSCLC

Pemetrexed used in combination with erlotinib may have clinical advantage over single-agent pemetrexed when used as a second-line treatment in patients with non-squamous non-small-cell lung cancer, researchers report. [More]
Drinking alcohol before pregnancy linked to intestinal birth defect

Drinking alcohol before pregnancy linked to intestinal birth defect

Women should refrain from drinking alcohol before they try to become pregnant, according to maternal-fetal medicine specialists at Loyola University Health System. [More]
Mother's diet before conception can permanently affect how her child's genes function

Mother's diet before conception can permanently affect how her child's genes function

A mother's diet before conception can permanently affect how her child's genes function, according to a study published in Nature Communications. [More]
Researchers evaluate rice consumption against overall diet quality and key nutrient intakes

Researchers evaluate rice consumption against overall diet quality and key nutrient intakes

New research, partially funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the USA Rice Federation, shows that consumers can improve their diets simply by enjoying white or brown rice as part of their daily meals. [More]
Study examines links between parental obesity and risk of autism developmental in child

Study examines links between parental obesity and risk of autism developmental in child

Several studies have looked at possible links between maternal obesity during pregnancy and the risk of developmental disorders in the child. However, paternal obesity could be a greater risk factor than maternal obesity, according to a new study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. [More]
Low-dose aspirin not significantly associated with pregnancy loss

Low-dose aspirin not significantly associated with pregnancy loss

The Effects of Aspirin in Gestation and Reproduction (EAGeR) medical trial has found that, in general, low-dose aspirin is not beneficial for future pregnancy outcomes in women with prior pregnancy loss. [More]
Women taking folic acid supplement may be at risk of reducing folate benefit through sun exposure

Women taking folic acid supplement may be at risk of reducing folate benefit through sun exposure

Women who are pregnant or trying to fall pregnant and taking a folic acid supplement may be at risk of reducing their folate benefit through sun exposure, a new QUT study has warned. [More]
Trimethoprim is more effective against streptococci than expected, says research

Trimethoprim is more effective against streptococci than expected, says research

The focus of his team was also on samples, in which the bacteria failed to respond to the agent. They discovered two types of resistance. "Spontaneous mutations can occur in the gene for dihydrofolate reductase rendering trimethoprim no longer able to attack the changed enzyme, which means it becomes ineffective," Nitsche-Schmitz explained. [More]
vitaMedMD launches newest prescription prenatal multivitamin, vitaPearl

vitaMedMD launches newest prescription prenatal multivitamin, vitaPearl

TherapeuticsMD, Inc., a women's healthcare company and parent company of vitaMedMD, announced today the launch of vitaMedMD's newest prescription prenatal multivitamin, vitaPearl, adding to its successful prenatal line consisting of vitaMedMD One Rx, vitaMedMD Plus Rx, and vitaMedMD RediChew™ Rx. [More]
Study: About 50% of reproductive-age women never discussed reproductive health with medical provider

Study: About 50% of reproductive-age women never discussed reproductive health with medical provider

A new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers provides insight into how much women of reproductive age in the United States know about reproductive health. [More]
Role of folate in development, progression of breast cancer highly controversial

Role of folate in development, progression of breast cancer highly controversial

Folic acid supplements at levels consumed by breast cancer patients and survivors in North America promoted the growth of existing breast cancer in rats, new research found. [More]
Babies born to smoking mothers have 47% increase in odds of becoming overweight

Babies born to smoking mothers have 47% increase in odds of becoming overweight

Many women are encouraged to quit smoking when they become pregnant using nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) whether as gum, transdermal patches, nasal spray or lozenges. [More]
Plant-based milk for people with lactose or gluten intolerance

Plant-based milk for people with lactose or gluten intolerance

Researchers at the Universitat Politècnica de València have obtained new products fermented with probiotic bacteria from grains and nuts - what is known as plant-based or vegetable "milks" - which are an alternative to conventional yogurts. [More]