Folic Acid Supplements Reducing Neural Tube Defects in Newborns

Folic Acid Supplements Reducing Neural Tube Defects in Newborns

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(KSL News) -- Neural tube birth defects have declined by more than 50 percent throughout the state.

Health Department Executive Director David Sundwall says the remarkable news can be attributed to a rather simple thing women are doing now; they're supplementing their diet with 400 micrograms of folic acid each day.

The study shows 48 percent of childbearing age women in Utah are taking the supplement -- compared to the national figure of only 32 percent.

Sundwall says the state's "Baby Your Baby" campaign is apparently paying off in a big way.

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