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Vitamin supplement could help prevent spina bifida

9th September 2010

Scientists at the Institute of Child Health, University College London, have started working on a study to determine if an everyday vitamin supplement could help prevent spina bifida, which is of Britain’s most common birth defects.

Every year about 100 children in the UK are born with spina bifida and other neural tube defects with prospective mothers are advised to take folic acid as a way of preventing the condition. But scientists think the vitamin inositol, taken with folic acid, may be more effective at preventing defects.

 

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