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Folic Acid Supplements Shown To Reduce Risk Of Autismi
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April 18, 2013 12:00 AM
Doctors generally recommend that women take folic acid supplements if they plan to become pregnant - because the B-vitamin reduces the risk of life-threatening birth defects in their newborn. The March of Dimes, a private U.S. group that promotes maternal and child health, goes one step further. It urges that all women of childbearing age take these supplements, even if they are not planning a pregnancy. As VOA's Carol Pearson reports, a new study finds that folic acid supplements may also reduce the risk of a brain development disorder known as autism.

Folic Acid Supplements Shown To Reduce Risk Of Autism

Published April 17, 2013

Doctors generally recommend that women take folic acid supplements if they plan to become pregnant - because the B-vitamin reduces the risk of life-threatening birth defects in their newborn. The March of Dimes, a private U.S. group that promotes maternal and child health, goes one step further. It urges that all women of childbearing age take these supplements, even if they are not planning a pregnancy. As VOA's Carol Pearson reports, a new study finds that folic acid supplements may also reduce the risk of a brain development disorder known as autism.


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