Folic acid intake of expectant mothers determines cancer risk of children

Folic acid intake of expectant mothers determines cancer risk of children
It''s an important link to recognize: the diets of expectant mothers greatly impacts the present and future health of their children. If you enjoy this article, you may also be interested in an article entitled ''Mandatory mental health screening program would dose pregnant women with prescription drugs that cause birth defects.''



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Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/09/030929055304.htm
  • A research team at The Hospital for Sick Children (HSC) and the University of Toronto (U of T) has shown that folic acid food fortification has resulted in a 60 per cent reduction in the incidence of neuroblastoma, a deadly childhood cancer. "Our research indicates that this is the first paediatric cancer that can be prevented through maternal diet," said Dr. Gideon Koren, the study''s principal investigator, director of HSC''s Motherisk Program, a senior scientist in the HSC Research Institute, and a professor of Paediatrics, Pharmacology, Pharmacy and Medicine and Medical Genetics at U of T. "The role of folic acid in preventing neural tube defects such as spina bifida was already known.

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