Folic acid fortification prevents neural tube defects and may also reduce cancer risks

@article{Jgerstad2012FolicAF,
  title={Folic acid fortification prevents neural tube defects and may also reduce cancer risks},
  author={Margaretha J{\"a}gerstad},
  journal={Acta Paediatrica},
  year={2012},
  volume={101}
}
The prevalence of neural tube defect (NTD)‐affected pregnancies ranges between 0.4 and 2/1000 pregnancies in EU. NTDs result in severe malformations and sometimes miscarriages. Children born with NTD suffer for the rest of their life of disability and chronic healthcare issues, and many women therefore choose termination of pregnancy if NTD is diagnosed prenatally. Women planning for pregnancy are recommended to eat 400 μg folic acid/d, whereas average figures across Europe indicate intakes of… 

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