CDC Grand Rounds: Additional Opportunities to Prevent Neural Tube Defects with Folic Acid Fortification

Cordero, A.; Mulinare, J.; Berry, R. J.; Boyle, C.; Dietz, W.; Johnston Jr., R.; Leighton, J.; Popovic, T.
August 2010
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;8/13/2010, Vol. 59 Issue 31, p980
The article discusses opportunities and strategies to prevent neural tube defects (NTDs) through folic acid fortification. The approaches to increase folate or folic acid intake include improving dietary habits, supplementation and food fortification. In the U.S., the mandatory fortification of enriched cereal grain products led to a substantial increase in blood folate concentrations. The disparities in NTD prevalence among racial and ethnic groups in the U.S. and the cost of folic acid food fortification in the U.S. and other countries are tackled.


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