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PERICONCEPTIONAL SUPPLEMENTATION WITH FOLIC ACID

Does It Prevent Neural Tube Defects?

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  • Patricia Aikins Murphy cnm, ms

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    • Patricia Aikins Murphy, cnm, ms, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing in the Columbia University Graduate Program in Nurse-Midwifery. She received her M.S. in nurse-midwifery from that program in 1978. She is a doctoral candidate in epidemiology at the Columbia University School of Public Health


Columbia University School of Nursing, 630 West 168th Street, New York. NY 10032

ABSTRACT

There has been considerable controversy in recent years concerning the benefit of periconceptional vitamin supplementation in the prevention of neural tube defects. Recent reports of a successful randomized clinical trial have prompted official recommendations for folic acid supplementation in women with a history of an affected pregnancy. Periconceptional supplementation of low-risk women remains controversial

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