Case for folic acid and vitamin B12 fortification in Europe.

  title={Case for folic acid and vitamin B12 fortification in Europe.},
  author={S{\'e}bastien Czernichow and Nathalie Noisette and Jacques Blacher and Pilar Galan and Louise Mennen and Serge Hercberg and Pierre Ducimeti{\`e}re},
  journal={Seminars in vascular medicine},
  volume={5 2},
The number of pregnancies affected by neural tube defects has been estimated to be 4000/year in Europe, with a higher prevalence in Celtic populations and in women of low socioeconomic status. Since the 1980s, it has been shown that supplementation with folic acid during the periconceptual period reduces the risk of neural tube defects in the fetus. However, in view of the period during which supplementation should be taken (< 4 weeks before conception until 8-10 weeks after) and the fact that… CONTINUE READING

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