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Prevention of neural tube defects in the UK: a missed opportunity.

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In 1991, the Medical Research Council (MRC) Vitamin Study demonstrated that folic acid taken before pregnancy and in early pregnancy reduced the risk of a neural tube defect (NTD). We aimed to estimate the number of NTD pregnancies that would have been prevented if flour had been fortified with folic acid in the UK from 1998 as it had been in the USA.Estimates of NTD prevalence, the preventive effect of folic acid and the proportion of women taking folic acid supplements before pregnancy were...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1136/archdischild-2015-309226

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MSD
Department:
Nuffield Department of Population Health
Sub department:
NPEU
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BMJ Publishing Group Publisher's website
Journal:
Archives of disease in childhood Journal website
Pages:
archdischild-2015-309226-archdischild-2015-309226
Publication date:
2015-12-17
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EISSN:
1468-2044
ISSN:
0003-9888
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586474
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English
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2016-02-02

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