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Folic Acid Cuts Risk Of Cleft Lip

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Monday, January 29, 2007 | 0 comments

Taking folic acid supplements in early pregnancy seems to substantially reduce the risk of cleft lip, finds a new study published on http://www.bmj.com .

It is widely known that taking folic acid in early pregnancy reduces the risk of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. The current recommended daily dose is 400µg starting before conception.

Some studies have suggested that folic acid may also help prevent facial clefts, but the question remains unresolved. So researchers set out to assess the possible effects of folic acid on facial clefts in Norway, which has one of the highest rates of facial clefts in Europe.

Full article:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=61748





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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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