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Clinical trial evaluating the potential of vitamins in reducing birth defects

Researchers want to find out if the nutrient inositol combined with folic acid could further minimize the risk to babies

 
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A new study from University College London, England, is investigating whether dietary supplements, and folic acid may reduce the risk of birth defects. It is already known that women take folic acid during pregnancy, they can reduce the chances of the baby having neural tube defects (spina bifida or anencephaly).

Professor Andrew Copp is now conducting an investigation to discover whether vitamin inositol could further reduce the risk of a birth defect, especially in cases where folic acid is not effective, as it does in mice.

The DOT study is a randomized controlled clinical trial in pregnant women - half of the women received folic acid and inositol, and half received folic acid and placebo. The intention is to verify that inositol and folic acid are more effective together than alone folic acid in preventing birth defects.

"While all pregnant women should take folic acid, it is known that some people have fewer benefits than others in reducing birth defects. (This may be due to their genetic specific.) Study could therefore add health information large public utility, "Copp said.

To test the clinical researchers are recruiting women who are between 18 and 40 years old, have some history of neural tube defects during pregnancy, and planning a pregnancy.

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   Palavras-chave:   Congenital defect    Vitamins    Inositol    Folic acid    Andrew Copp    London University College   
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