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Folic acid supplementation before pregnancy remains inadequate

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 04 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1499
  1. W J Huttly, researcher,
  2. N J Wald, professor,
  3. J C Walters, project coordinator
  1. Department of Environmental and Preventive Medicine, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, St Bartholomew's and Royal London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London EC1M 6BQ

    EDITOR—Women who take folic acid when trying to conceive have been shown to have a lower risk of a pregnancy affected by neural tube defects.1 The UK Department of Health has recommended that folic acid is taken by all women planning a pregnancy.2

    The request card used in antenatal screening for Down's syndrome and open neural tube defects provides a simple and useful opportunity to determine the proportion of women who …

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