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Folic Acid in Pregnancy May Lower Autism Risk
Date:2/12/2013

ill make a dent in the growing number of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder isn't known. An estimated one in 88 children in the United States has been diagnosed with some form of autism spectrum disorder, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the United States and other countries many foods, such as breads and pasta, are fortified with folic acid to help prevent birth defects. But, it isn't clear yet how much folic acid might guard against autism, so a woman should discuss her options with her doctor, Halladay said.

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For more on autism, visit the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

SOURCES: Pal Suren, M.D., M.P.H., Division of Epidemiology, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo; Alycia Halladay, Ph.D., senior director, environmental and clinical sciences, Autism Speaks; Roberto Tuchman, M.D., director, Autism and Neurodevelopment Program, Miami Children's Hospital Dan Marino Center; Feb. 13, 2013, Journal of the American Medical Association


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