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Prenatal vitamins and tumors

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Women who take multivitamins early in their pregnancy may reduce the risk of brain tumors in their children, according to a study in the September Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention. "Children whose mothers took multivitamins close to the time of conception seemed less likely to suffer medulloblastoma and primitive neuroectodermal tumors of the brain," Greta Bunin, PhD, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, et al., say. Bunin led a study comparing 315 children diagnosed with tumors before age 6 to 315 randomly chosen healthy children. "While more research remains to be done, our findings suggest that multivitamins may prevent some brain tumors as well," the authors conclude...

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