SPINA BIFIDA RISE PROMPTS ADVICE.Byline: MAGGIE BARRY
A SURGE in children born with spina bifida in Scotland has led to an appeal for mums-to-be to take folic acid folic acid: see coenzyme; vitamin.
Organic compound essential to animal growth and health and needed by bacteria as a growth factor. .
Since January this year the Scottish Spina Bifida Association says 15 babies have been born with the condition - double the normal number.
But women can help prevent spina bifida by taking folic acid for at least three months before they plan to get pregnant.
Dr Margo Whiteford of the Scottish Spina Bifida Association, said: "This year we've had as many contacts from families in the first half of the year as we'd expect for the full year. We don't know if this is down to folic acid but we do know most women don't take enough at the right time."
The spinal cord spinal cord, the part of the nervous system occupying the hollow interior (vertebral canal) of the series of vertebrae that form the spinal column, technically known as the vertebral column. develops in the first four weeks of pregnancy. Children born with spina bifida are often paralysed.
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