Folic Acid Ranks Fourth Among Recalled Birth Defect Prevention Methods
This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet
Prenatal/multiple vitamin use was the fourth most remembered way to prevent birth defects among women interviewed in a March of Dimes' August survey entitled "Folic Acid and the Prevention of Birth Defects."
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