2009-03-02 Low vitamin B12 may cause birth defects: study

 

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Babies whose mothers had low levels of vitamin B12 just before and after they were conceived could be up to five times more likely to be being born with a congenital defect, a study said Monday.

Those women, who eat little or no meat or animal-based foods, were the most likely to have low levels of vitamin B12 and give birth to babies with a neural tube defect, according to the joint study by Trinity College, Dublin, the Health Board of Ireland and the US National Institutes of Health.(Read entire article)

2009-03-02 Birth Defects Linked to Low Vitamin B12 - Study Shows B12 Deficiency May Raise Risk of Spina Bifida and Other Neural Tube Defects

http://www.webmd.com/baby/news/20090302/birth-defects-linked-to-low-vitamin-b12

Women who don't get enough vitamin B12 may have a higher risk of giving birth to a baby with a potentially disabling or fatal birth defect.

A new study shows that women with vitamin B12 deficiency in early pregnancy were up to five times more likely to have a child with neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, compared to women with high levels of vitamin B12. (Read entire article)