Research finds why many women have folic acid deficiency during pregnancy

Posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2012

A research team including University of Ottawa scientists has discovered the main reason why one in five women do not have the level of folic acid needed to guard against neural tube defects in newborns. Cynthia Colapinto and Dr. Lise Dubois from Institute of Population Health and Dr. Mark Tremblay of the Department of Pediatrics examined a nation-wide study and found that many women do not take the folic acid supplement recommended.

For more information about the study, read the news release by the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).

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