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Multivitamins and birth defects

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Mothers with diabetes who took multivitamins in the three months before and after conception did not have children with an above average risk of birth defects, compared to a control group of diabetic women who did not take multis and who were almost four times as likely to have a child with birth defects. Findings come from a study conducted by Adolfo Correa, MD/PhD, et al., Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Appearing in May Pediatrics, trial compared multivitamin use among mothers of 3,278 infants with diabetes-related birth defects to multi use among mothers of 3,029 control infants. All infants were born from 1968-1980 and were part of Atlanta Birth Defects Case-Control Study. Results have "potentially important prevention implications for women with diabetes during pregnancy," researchers say...
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