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Awareness of folic acid for neural tube defect prevention among Israeli women.
Teratology. 1999 Jul; 60(1):29-32.T

Abstract

The failure of neural tube closure during early embryogenesis results in a range of neural tube defects (NTD), the most common of which is spina bifida. The role of folic acid in reducing the rate of NTD has been well-established. Three recent cases of infants with NTD inspired this investigative study into the level of awareness and knowledge of folic acid and its function in the prevention of NTD among Israeli women. Of 920 women interviewed, only 51 (5.5%) had heard of folic acid, and 27 (2.8%) were reported to have taken it. The source of information and the motivation for self-medication were also explored with regard to socioeconomic and health profile. Awareness of folic acid was significant among women aged 17-29 years (P = 0.005) and those aged 30-39 years (P = 0.009), and among semireligious and nonreligious women (P = 0.008 and 0.01, respectively). Among women who were aware of folic acid, only nonreligious women tended to take it. No correlation was found between folic acid intake and age, religiosity, nationality, number of pregnancies, and health status among women who were aware of folic acid intake. The poor level of awareness, evident in our study, demands that the medical community broadcast the benefit of folic acid. Furthermore, government health initiatives, such as the addition of folic acid to flour preparations, may effectively ensure its appropriate daily intake. These improved education and prevention programs may forcibly reduce the rate of NTD-affected pregnancies.

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Department of Pediatrics, Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, Sackler School of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Zerifin, Israel.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

10413336

Citation

Ringel, S, et al. "Awareness of Folic Acid for Neural Tube Defect Prevention Among Israeli Women." Teratology, vol. 60, no. 1, 1999, pp. 29-32.
Ringel S, Lahat E, Elizov T, et al. Awareness of folic acid for neural tube defect prevention among Israeli women. Teratology. 1999;60(1):29-32.
Ringel, S., Lahat, E., Elizov, T., Greenberg, R., Arieli, S., Afriat, R., & Berkovitch, M. (1999). Awareness of folic acid for neural tube defect prevention among Israeli women. Teratology, 60(1), 29-32.
Ringel S, et al. Awareness of Folic Acid for Neural Tube Defect Prevention Among Israeli Women. Teratology. 1999;60(1):29-32. PubMed PMID: 10413336.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Awareness of folic acid for neural tube defect prevention among Israeli women. AU - Ringel,S, AU - Lahat,E, AU - Elizov,T, AU - Greenberg,R, AU - Arieli,S, AU - Afriat,R, AU - Berkovitch,M, PY - 1999/7/21/pubmed PY - 2000/6/20/medline PY - 1999/7/21/entrez SP - 29 EP - 32 JF - Teratology JO - Teratology VL - 60 IS - 1 N2 - The failure of neural tube closure during early embryogenesis results in a range of neural tube defects (NTD), the most common of which is spina bifida. The role of folic acid in reducing the rate of NTD has been well-established. Three recent cases of infants with NTD inspired this investigative study into the level of awareness and knowledge of folic acid and its function in the prevention of NTD among Israeli women. Of 920 women interviewed, only 51 (5.5%) had heard of folic acid, and 27 (2.8%) were reported to have taken it. The source of information and the motivation for self-medication were also explored with regard to socioeconomic and health profile. Awareness of folic acid was significant among women aged 17-29 years (P = 0.005) and those aged 30-39 years (P = 0.009), and among semireligious and nonreligious women (P = 0.008 and 0.01, respectively). Among women who were aware of folic acid, only nonreligious women tended to take it. No correlation was found between folic acid intake and age, religiosity, nationality, number of pregnancies, and health status among women who were aware of folic acid intake. The poor level of awareness, evident in our study, demands that the medical community broadcast the benefit of folic acid. Furthermore, government health initiatives, such as the addition of folic acid to flour preparations, may effectively ensure its appropriate daily intake. These improved education and prevention programs may forcibly reduce the rate of NTD-affected pregnancies. SN - 0040-3709 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/10413336/Awareness_of_folic_acid_for_neural_tube_defect_prevention_among_Israeli_women_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1096-9926(199907)60:1<29::AID-TERA8>3.0.CO;2-X DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -