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dc.contributor.authorGatt, Miriam-
dc.contributor.authorMuscat Baron, Yves-
dc.contributor.authorLautier, Elaine Claire-
dc.contributor.authorCalleja, Neville-
dc.identifier.citationGatt, M., Muscat Baron, Y., Lautier, E.C. & Calleja, N. (2016). Folic acid : prevention of birth defects. Malta Medical Journal, 28(4), 49-54en_GB
dc.description.abstractFolate is essential for normal cell division and as intrauterine fetal growth involves a process of rapidly dividing cells, there is a consequent increased requirement for folate at this time. Folate, and the synthetic form folic acid, is thus vital for the early development process of a healthy fetus and there is indisputable evidence that it can significantly reduce the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs). Further ongoing research suggests that folic acid supplementation in pregnancy is also associated with a decreased risk of other birth defects. This review gives an overview of the current literature related to the use of folic acid in the peri-conceptional period and prevention of birth defects, in particular NTDs.en_GB
dc.publisherMalta Medical Journalen_GB
dc.subjectFolic aciden_GB
dc.subjectFolic acid in human nutritionen_GB
dc.subjectNeural tube -- Abnormalitiesen_GB
dc.subjectAbnormalities, Humanen_GB
dc.subjectFetus -- Abnormalitiesen_GB
dc.titleFolic acid : prevention of birth defectsen_GB
dc.title.alternativePrevention of birth defectsen_GB
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