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US campaign for women to take folic acid to prevent birth defects

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 22 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:223
  1. J Hopkins-Tanne

    All 60 million American women of childbearing age are being advised to eat enough folic acid to prevent neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly developing in their fetus if they become pregnant. They are being told to take a daily multivitamin pill containing 0.4 mg of folic acid or to increase their intake of foods that are rich in folate.

    “We must make sure that all women …

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