A 2015 global update on folic acid-preventable spina bifida and anencephaly.

  title={A 2015 global update on folic acid-preventable spina bifida and anencephaly.},
  author={Annelise Arth and Vijaya Kancherla and Helena Pach{\'o}n and Sarah L Zimmerman and Quentin A. Johnson and Godfrey P. Oakley},
  journal={Birth defects research. Part A, Clinical and molecular teratology},
  volume={106 7},
BACKGROUND Spina bifida and anencephaly are two major neural tube defects. They contribute substantially to perinatal, neonatal, infant, and under-five mortality and life-long disability. To monitor the progress toward the total prevention of folic acid-preventable spina bifida and anencephaly (FAP SBA), we examined their global status in 2015. METHODS Based on existing data, we modeled the proportion of FAP SBA that are prevented in the year 2015 through mandatory folic acid fortification… CONTINUE READING
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