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Go Folic! Campaign Office now contactable via Facebook! « Go Folic!

Go Folic! Campaign Office now contactable via Facebook! « Go Folic! | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it
You can now connect with the Go Folic! Health Campaigns Officer, Martine Austin via Facebook! Facebook is a social networking service launched in February 2004, and as of September 2012, has over one billion active ...
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MP Stewart Jackson questions Prime Minister over folic acid and prevention of NTDs

Responding, Prime Minister, David Cameron said: "I will look very carefully at what my hon. Friend has said. It is certainly true that the levels of conditions such as spina bifida have come down and that folic acid has an important role to play.
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SEN Magazine - Campaign to reduce incidence of spina bifida

SEN Magazine - Campaign to reduce incidence of spina bifida | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it

All sexually active women who might become pregnant are being urged to take the correct dose of folic acid every day to help prevent neural tube defects (NTDs), such as spina bifida, which occur in the early weeks of pregnancy.

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Mellow Mummy: Folic Acid : When & Why ? : Taking life as it comes...

Mellow Mummy: Folic Acid : When & Why ? : Taking life as it comes... | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it

Earlier in the year when we decided to start trying for another child I started taking folic acid tablets straight away. I knew from my first pregnancy that I should take them during the early stages of pregnancy but until I met my new doctor, I hadn't realised you were actively recommended to take folic acid before attempting to get pregnant.

My GP advised taking folic acid tablets as soon as we started trying to conceive - in fact he said for a couple of months before that.

A recent survey by Holland & Barrett found that many women are starting to take folic acid supplements too late. The research revealed that 53% did not understand the need to take folic acid three months before conception as recommended, with 13% thinking they could wait until they were pregnant and 23% not believing that it would deliver any value at all.

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Folic Fred says Take me now - Take me now

Folic Fred says Take me now - Take me now | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it

The attractive character, complete with moustache and French accent, brings a more light-hearted, accessible approach to the critical message too many women ignore or are unaware of: take folic acid before you become pregnant, and in early pregnancy, to help prevent the UK's most commonly occurring serious birth defect – spina bifida.

 

Research into folic acid, also known as Vitamin B9, shows that taking the right amount at the right time can reduce NTDs (neural tube defects which lead to spina bifida) by up to 72 per cent.

 

Despite this, and numerous campaigns to encourage women to give their developing baby the best chance, only around 5% of women report taking the correct amount of folic acid at the right time.

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Why folic acid is vital before becoming pregnant

Why folic acid is vital before becoming pregnant | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it

As someone who is generally not in favour of taking supplements, I have to come out and say there is one time when it is essential.

 

That is when it comes to taking folic acid before and during pregnancy.

 

It is the before that I want to write about today. More than a decade ago, I came across some research that showed taking folic acid three months before you and your partner try for a baby is crucially important. Let me explain why.

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@ShineUKCharity is committed to prevention of NTDs + our duty to make women aware of benefits of B12

@ShineUKCharity is committed to prevention of NTDs + our duty to make women aware of benefits of B12 | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it

Jackie Bland, chief executive officer at Shine, said: ‘NTDs are a serious health threat which can lead to enormous challenges and painful decisions.

 

‘The most serious form, anencephaly, means that the baby will not live long beyond birth, and many babies born with spina bifida face a life with serious, multiple disabilities.

 

‘Shine is committed to the primary prevention of NTDs and as such it is our duty to make women aware of the potential benefits of B12.’

 

http://www.shinecharity.org.uk

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It’s thought taking vitamin B12 alongside folic acid may be more effective than taking folic acid alone

It’s thought taking vitamin B12 alongside folic acid may be more effective than taking folic acid alone | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it

Women who are trying to conceive, or who are in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, are already advised to take 400 micrograms of folic acid each day.

 

Mothers-to-be should take vitamin B12 to prevent their children developing birth defects such as spina bifida, a charity has said.

 

New research suggests that taking the supplement alongside folic acid will further help prevent the series of birth defects that affect the development of the spine and central nervous system.

Women who are trying to conceive, or who are in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, are already advised to take 400 micrograms of folic acid each day.

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Mothers-to-be should take folic acid AND vitamin B12 to prevent birth defects, leading expert warns

Mothers-to-be should take folic acid AND vitamin B12 to prevent birth defects, leading expert warns | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it

Mothers-to-be should take vitamin B12 to prevent their children developing birth defects such as spina bifida, a charity has said.

 

New research suggests that taking the supplement alongside folic acid will further help prevent the series of birth defects that affect the development of the spine and central nervous system. Women who are trying to conceive, or who are in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, are already advised to take 400 micrograms of folic acid each day.

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Excellent Folic acid Article on Mumsnet Website @MumsnetBloggers ......!

Excellent Folic acid Article on Mumsnet Website @MumsnetBloggers ......! | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it

Folic acid is perhaps the most important supplement to take during the early stages of pregnancy. It has been proven to reduce the prevalence of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida and anecephaly, which affect the spine and brain.

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Eat This, Get Pregnant? The Pregnancy Diet Experts Say Works........

Eat This, Get Pregnant? The Pregnancy Diet Experts Say Works........ | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it

If you've got baby fever (been there, done that!), then you might be looking to your diet to see how it can impact your fertility. One expert shares her top foods for babymaking....

 

Read More http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/blogs/vitamin-g/2012/08/eat-this-get-pregnant-the-preg.html#ixzz27lewHqXI ;

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Haleema gives the Go Folic! message in Urdu..........!

This film featuring Haleema, Saj and their son Toheed emphasises the need for the message to be clearly communicated (Haleema also gives the Go Folic! message in Urdu). The films have been developed to support the new Go Folic! information leaflet, both of these projects have been kindly sponsored by Lanes Health, and are now available to both healthcare professionals and the general public.

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Go Folic! "REAL LIFE" Stories!

Go Folic! "REAL LIFE" Stories! | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it

Go Folic! is very grateful to all the people who have volunteered to share their stories to help the campaign.

 

Some have spina bifida themselves or have a child growing up with spina bifida, others have lost a baby due to a fatal neural tube defect. Read their stories here!

 

http://www.gofolic.co.uk

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Go Folic! campaign in Scotland aims to increase folate intake ...

Go Folic! campaign in Scotland aims to increase folate intake ... | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it
The aim of the Go Folic! campaign in Scotland is to find new ways to increase folate intake to prevent Neural Tube Defects (NTD) of which spina bifida is the most common. This is particularly relevant for all sexually active ...
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Politicians MUST tackle common misconception that ... - Go Folic!

Politicians MUST tackle common misconception that ... - Go Folic! | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it
Yet, we have known since 1991 that up to 72% of cases of Neural Tube Defects (NTDs), like spina bifida and anencephaly, could be prevented with a simple and cheap vitamin supplement, folic acid (vitamin B9).
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News - Norwich Evening News

News - Norwich Evening News | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it

hat was when the Norfolk-born footballer saw his family’s world rocked by the death of his unborn son due to severe spina bifida and hydrocephalus four months into his wife Lisa’s pregnancy.

 

The tragedy struck just five months after the former Sprowston High School student had reached a career high, playing as England’s first choice right-back in the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Japan and South Korea.

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Danny Mills: Lasting legacy of the son we never knew

Danny Mills: Lasting legacy of the son we never knew | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it

Losing his unborn son Archie to spina bifida made footballer Danny Mills determined to prevent families suffering a similar experience...

 

EIGHT years after his third child Archie was stillborn Danny Mills admits that not a day goes by without him thinking of his baby son.  “He will always be part of our lives,” says the former Manchester City, Leeds United and England defender, who has pledged to do everything he can to prevent other families suffering the same fate.

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Sandra SHINES in new support role - News - Derry Journal

Sandra SHINES in new support role - News - Derry Journal | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it

The mother of three, who hails from Derry’s Culmore Road, has lots of experience in helping patients and the families of those suffering from neurological disorders and is “delighted” to be appointed to the post.

 

The charity, formerly ASBAH, has been recently relaunched and rebranded as SHINE; a network to help and campaign to Share Information, Network and Equality.

 

The is intended to raise the profile of the charity, its members and awareness of the two conditions. The birth rate of children with Spina Bifidais between 12-16 each year.

 

The neural tube defect occurs when the spinal cord has not developed properly in the womb. The Latin translation means ‘split spine.’ The condition happens in the first 28 days of pregnancy.

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Bumper guide to pregnancy

Bumper guide to pregnancy | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it

WITH celebrities such as Jessica Simpson trying to get pregnant, Kelly Brook tweeting that she is expecting a baby girl with rugby boyfriend Thom Evans, Victoria Beckham halfway to having her fourth child and Penny Lancaster becoming a mum again, pregnancy is everywhere you look.

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Recommendation: "..pregnant women, and those trying to conceive, should take 2.5mcg of B12 a day..."

Recommendation: "..pregnant women, and those trying to conceive, should take 2.5mcg of B12 a day..." | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it

‘It is clear that, as well as the addition of a folic acid supplement (400 mcg per day), the addition of a vitamin B12 component of at least 2.5 mcg per day would bring about a further significant and worthwhile risk reduction for neural tube defects.’

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"Pregnant women urged to take B12" - @NursingTimes

"Pregnant women urged to take B12" - @NursingTimes | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it

Mothers-to-be should take vitamin B12 to prevent their children developing birth defects such as spina bifida, a charity has said.

 

New research suggests that taking the supplement alongside folic acid will help prevent neural tube defects (NTDs).

 

Women who are trying to conceive, or who are in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, are already advised to take 400 micrograms of folic acid each day.

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"Hispanic women are at greater risk than any other group of having ....babies with neural tube defects....."

"Hispanic women are at greater risk than any other group of having ....babies with neural tube defects....." | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it

Hispanic women are at greater risk than any other group of having miscarriages or babies with neural tube defects resulting from the inability to absorb folic acid, a supplement highly recommended during pregnancy for the better development of the baby.


A condition known as MTHFR — Methylene-tetra-hydro-folate-reductase — Polymorphism restricts a woman’s ability to convert folic acid into a form of folate that can be used by the body.


“It is a genetic defect that seems to be prevalent in about 70 percent of Hispanic women,” said Michael J. Gonzalez, professor of medical sciences at the University of Puerto Rico.

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The Stratton family + their son Harry, raising AWARENESS of women @ higher risk of having an NTD affected pregnancy!

This film shows the Stratton family and their son Harry, who are members of the Scottish Spina Bifida Association, helping to raise awareness of women at higher risk of having an NTD affected pregnancy.

 

Shine are delighted to launch four new Go Folic! mini films to add to our growing bank of preconception information. The films have been developed to support the new Go Folic! information leaflet, both of these projects have been kindly sponsored by Lanes Health, and are now available to both healthcare professionals and the general public.

 

A huge thank you to the all of the families involved and the Scottish Spina Bifida Association. Thank you for sharing your personal stories to help support Go Folic!

 

WATCH it NOW: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k25264y2Nc 

 

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Expert outlines case for folate fortification in Europe

Expert outlines case for folate fortification in Europe | Go Folic! news | Scoop.it

Whether or not there should be mandatory fortification of folic acid across Europe has been a topic of hot debate for some time, with regulatory agencies across the bloc pondering the idea of introducing national guidelines for fortification of foods with the pro-vitamin.

 

The topic received another boost into the limelight at the recent 34th ESPEN Congress and Nutrition and Metabolism in Barcelona, where Rima Obeid from the University of Saarland, Germany, presented a review of the current evidence mandatory fortification of folic acid.

 

“Is folic acid good for everybody?” Obeid questioned. "Yes!” she said. “Providing it is within the safe range.”

 

Speaking at the congress, Obeid explained that folates from food support the methylation or proteins and aids DNA synthesis. For this reason she claims that folate is at the ‘epicentre’ of modern nutrigenetic research.

 

“Folate is required especially at times when cells are growing and dividing. This is particularly important during pregnancy and early foetal development.”

 

“Folic acid lowers neural tube defects by up to 70%, depending on the baseline risk," said the expert. READ: http://www.nutraingredients.com/Regulation/Expert-outlines-case-for-folate-fortification-in-Europe

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WATCH: Harry "...helping raise awareness of women at higher risk of having an NTD..."

This film shows the Stratton family and their son Harry, helping raise awareness of women at higher risk of having an NTD affected pregnancy. It has been developed to support the Go Folic! information leaflet, both of these projects have been kindly sponsored by Lanes Health, and are now available to both healthcare professionals and the general public.

 

WATCH: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5k25264y2Nc&list=UUfBD7XLUwe5peDW1zK8NcgQ&index=1&feature=plcp

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