Free Folic Acid For Pregnant Women

Free Folic Acid For Pregnant Women An estimated 1,500 babies are born each year with neural tube defects, birth defects of the brain and spinal cord… To educate women about the importance of folic acid, March of Dimes corporate partner, Kmart, is giving pregnant women a one-month supply of free (yes, free!) folic acid.. There […]

Motherisk Update: Food-borne illnesses during pregnancy

Food-borne illnesses during pregnancy (Click on “Full text” or “Full text (PDF)” on the right for more details…) Tam C, et al. Food-borne illnesses during pregnancy. Can Fam Physician. 2010 Apr;56(4):341-343. Although heating or cooking food is the best way to inactivate food-borne pathogens, improved standards and surveillance have reduced the prevalence of contaminated foods […]

What about the maternal health impact of suboptimal breastfeeding?

An analysis that is missing half the equation I was pleased to see Melissa Bartick’s effort to appraise US policy-makers of the economic costs of suboptimal breastfeeding. However, any analysis that is missing the effects of lactation on maternal health will grossly underestimate the true costs to the US of suboptimal breastfeeding.

Consumer alert about folk remedy Nzu

NCDA&CS issues consumer alert about folk remedy Nzu RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is warning consumers, especially pregnant or breastfeeding women, to avoid a folk remedy called “Nzu” or “Calabash clay” because of potential health risks from lead and arsenic.