MedicalResearch.com Interview with: Vijaya Kancherla, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Epidemiologist, Center for Spina Bifida Prevention, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. The scientific evidence since 1991 has shown that folic acid prevents from 35%-95% of neural tube birth defects that are caused due to low folic acid (also known as vitamin B9) in the mother’s diet prior to conception and during early pregnancy. Neural tube defects form in the embryo at 4th week of gestation when most women are unaware they are pregnant. Read the full story.
(Reuters Health) – Corn masa flour and tortillas sold in U.S. grocery stores may not be fortified with folic acid, which means a government effort to help reduce birth defects among Hispanic babies may not be working as intended, a small study suggests. Read the full story.
Congratulations to Vijaya Kancherla, PhD, of the Center for Spina Bifida Prevention, for being awarded the James G. Wilson Publication Award.
This award recognizes the best paper accepted or published in the journal Birth Defects Research. Dr. Kancherla will present highlights from the paper, “A 2015 global update on folic acid-preventable spina bifida and anencephaly” at this year’s Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado on Sunday, June 25 at 2:30 pm. …Read More