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Advancing training efforts to prevent birth defects: CDC and India EIS Programme collaborative
(Published December, 2014)

Partners Engaging for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Prevention and Care
Collaborating to improve child health globally
(Published May 23, 2014)

Key Findings: Assessing the Association between Natural Food Folate Intake and Blood Folate Concentrations
The journal Nutrients has published a new study that assessed the relationship between the amount of natural food folate consumed by women and their blood folate concentrations.
(Published April, 2015)

Key Findings: Blood Folate Concentrations and Risk of Neural Tube Defect-Affected Pregnancies: Where Does the United States Stand?
Birth Defects Research Part A has published a new study that looked at the amount of folate in the blood (“blood folate concentrations”) among women in the United States in relation to their risk of having a baby affected by a neural tube defect.
(Published April, 2015)

Key Findings: Population Red Blood Cell Folate Concentrations for the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects
This study describes the relationship between women’s blood folate concentrations and the risk of having a baby affected by a neural tube defect.
(Published July, 2014)

Key Findings: Fortification of Corn Masa Flour With Folic Acid in the United States
Article about the fortification of corn masa flour with folic acid in the United States and how it can improve health outcomes for Hispanics.
(Published May, 2014)

Tinker SC, Hamner HC, Qi YP, Crider KS. U.S. Women of Childbearing Age Who Are at Possible Increased Risk of a Neural Tube Defect-Affected Pregnancy Due to Suboptimal Red Blood Cell Folate Concentrations, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2007 to 2012. Birth Defect Research Part A: 2015.

Cordero AM, Crider KS, Rogers LM, et al. Optimal Serum and Red Blood Cell Folate Concentrations in Women of Reproductive Age for Prevention of Neural Tube Defects: World Health Organization Guidelines. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2015; 64:421-423.

Marchetta CM, Devine OJ, Crider KS, Tsang BL, Cordero AM, Qi YP, Guo J, Berry RJ, Rosenthal J, Mulinare J, Mersereau P, Hamner HC. Assessing the Association between Natural Food Folate Intake and Blood Folate Concentrations: A Systematic Review and Bayesian Meta-Analysis of Trials and Observational Studies. Nutrients: 2015.

Tinker, S. C., Devine, O., Mai, C., Hamner, H. C., Reefhuis, J., Gilboa, S. M., Dowling, N. F. and Honein, M. A. (2013), Estimate of the potential impact of folic acid fortification of corn masa flour on the prevention of neural tube defects. Birth Defects Research Part A: Clinical and Molecular Teratology, 97: 649–657. doi: 10.1002/bdra.23158.

Andrew E. Czeizel, M.D., D.Sc., and István Dudás, M.D. Prevention of the First Occurrence of Neural-Tube Defects by Periconceptional Vitamin Supplementation. N Engl J Med 1992; 327:1832-1835December 24, 1992DOI: 10.1056/NEJM199212243272602.

MRC Vitamin Study Research Group. Prevention of neural tube defects: results of the Medical Research Council Vitamin Study. Lancet. 1991 Jul 20;338(8760):131-7.