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More evidence that folic acid reduces risk of ischaemic stroke

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:247
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Men who consume relatively large amounts of folic acid have a significantly reduced risk of developing ischaemic stroke, concludes a newly reported study.

    The study's lead author, Dr Ka He of Northwestern University in Illinois, and colleagues investigated a total of 725 incident strokes—455 ischaemic, 125 haemorrhagic, and 145 unknown types of stroke—that were documented during 14 years of follow up between 1986 and 2000.

    The participants were part of the health professional follow up study, which was established in 1986 when 51 529 male US health professionals aged 40-75 answered …

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