Navigation Links
Low Choline Level in Pregnancy Tied to Birth Defects
Date:8/14/2009

Anencephaly, spina bifida linked to nutrient found in foods, study shows

FRIDAY, Aug. 14 (HealthDay News) -- Low blood levels of the nutrient choline during pregnancy increases the risk of brain and spinal-cord defects in newborns, U.S. researchers report.

They focused on two types of neural tube birth defects -- anencephaly and spina bifida. Anencephaly is a lethal condition in which the brain and skull don't develop, and spina bifida is a spinal-cord malformation that causes paralysis and lifelong disability.

The Stanford University School of Medicine team compared pregnancy blood samples from 80 women who gave birth to children with anencephaly and spina bifida to pregnancy blood samples from 409 women whose infants had no birth defects.

The results showed that choline levels were linked to risk of neural tube defects. Choline is found in egg yolks, soy, wheat germ and meats.

Women with the lowest blood choline levels during pregnancy were 2.4 times more likely to have infants with neural tube defects than women with average blood choline levels. Women with the highest choline levels had the lowest risk.

The study appears in the Aug. 14 issue of Epidemiology.

Primary author Gary Shaw, a professor of neonatology, noted that prenatal vitamins contain little or no choline. For women planning to get pregnant, "the best source for choline is still eating a variety of foods," he said in a university news release.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has more about neural tube defects.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Stanford University, news release, Aug. 12, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Adult offspring of parents with PTSD have lower cortisol levels
2. Study Demonstrates Marteks Algal DHA Oil Improves Blood Triglyceride Lipid Levels
3. Low level of neuronal receptor linked to mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimers disease
4. Cleveland-based Health Care Tech Company Within3 Names New CEO
5. LifeMasters Provides Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Blood Cholesterol Level
6. Cardiovascular Technologies to be Highlighted at 5th Annual Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit, Oct. 1-3
7. Cleveland Clinic Press Releases Journal-Writing Book Write for Life: Healing Body, Mind, and Spirit Through Journal Writing by Sheppard B. Kominars, Ph.D.
8. United States continues to have highest level of health spending
9. Screening Proposed for Childhood Cholesterol Levels
10. Womens Folic Acid Levels Improving
11. Health Level Seven Appoints John Quinn as CTO
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Low Choline Level in Pregnancy Tied to Birth Defects
(Date:3/24/2017)... ... March 24, 2017 , ... Clean Earth, Inc., a ... hazardous and non-hazardous materials announced today the acquisition of privately owned AERC ... four additional processing facilities and a vast array of additional technologies, services, and ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... , ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... the military at the same time by providing Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) ... is the world’s premier prehospital trauma education developed in cooperation with the American ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... Infection,” which will spark a conversation on the current obstacles facing infection prevention ... of completely preventable deaths caused by these infections. , The print component ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... NY (PRWEB) , ... March 24, 2017 , ... ... scale; from third world countries to hospitals in the United States, it’s a ... conversation on the current obstacles facing infection prevention and offers strategies for the ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... March 24, 2017 , ... Digital Scientists, ... excited to announce the opening of a Greenville, South Carolina location. The ... digital progress in Greenville. , “We’ve been working with South Carolina clients for years ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:3/24/2017)... , March 24, 2017 Global ... industry including definitions, classifications, applications and industry chain structure. ... market including development history, competitive landscape analysis, and major ... ... spread across 105 pages providing 10 company profiles and ...
(Date:3/24/2017)... DUBLIN , Mar 24, 2017 Research ... Supplies - Global Strategic Business Report" report to their offering. ... The report provides separate comprehensive ... , Europe , Asia-Pacific , ... and forecasts are provided for the period 2015 through 2022. Also, a ...
(Date:3/24/2017)...  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: ... million in its U.S. operations in 2017. The ... including research laboratories, manufacturing sites, and general and ... demand for Lilly products, as well as its ... cancer, pain, diabetes and other unmet medical needs.  ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: