Search Resources (English): Neural tube conditions

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Thinking about getting pregnant?: take folic acid

Outlines the dietary sources of folic acid and states that women who take folic acid supplements may reduce the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs) in their babies. Discusses NTD testing during pregnancy.

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Published: 1997
The use of folic acid for the prevention of neural tube defects and other congenital anomalies

Provides information regarding the use of folic acid for the prevention of neural tube defects (NTDs) and other congenital anomalies.

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Published: 2003
Congenital anomalies in Canada: a perinatal health report, 2002
Provides an overview of five categories of congenital anomalies in Canada (Down Syndrome (Trisomy 21), neural tube defects, congenital heart defects, oral facial clefts, and limb reduction defects). (See Details)
Published: 2002
Preconcepton health: folic acid for the primary prevention of neural tube defects: a resource document for health professionals
Discusses the causes and implications of neural tube defects such as spina bifuda. Reviews findings that demonstrate consumption of folic acid before and during pregnancy reduces the risk of neural tube defects. (See Details)
Published: 2002
Folic acid and birth defects
Describes neural tube defects (NTD) and explains how taking a daily vitamin supplement containing folic acid before conception and in the early weeks of pregnancy can reduce the risk of having a baby with an NTD. (See Details)
Published: 2002
Folic acid fortification: what does it mean for patients and physicians?
Discusses mandatory fortification of food with folic acid, potential risks of fortification, and new recommendations for physicians. (See Details)
Published: 1998
Folic acid: why all women who could become pregnant should be taking folic acid
Stresses that folic acid supplements reduce the risk of neural tube defects (NTDs). Provides recommendations for vitamin supplements and lists major dietary sources of folic acid. (See Details)
Published: 2003
National Workshop on the Primary Prevention of Neural Tube Defects: summary report
Presents recommendations on folic acid consumption by women before and during pregnancy to prevent neural tube defects in the fetus. (See Details)
Published: 2004
Periconceptional use of folic acid for reduction of the risk of neural tube defects
Examines the incidence of neural tube defects in Canada and presents the Canadian Paediatric Society's position on folic acid fortification and supplementation. Includes references. (See Details)
Published: 1997
Pregnancy and nutrition: spina bifida and folic acid
Describes the relationship between folic acid consumption by pregnant women and the prevention of spina bifida. Explains what neural tube defects are and why they happen. (See Details)
Published: 2005