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Hispanic Women at High Risk for Neural Tube Defects, May Not Have Adequate Dietary Folic Acid

Because folate deficiency in pregnant women has been associated with an increased risk of neural tube defects, including anencephaly and spina bifida, it is recommended that all women take folic acid supplements before and during pregnancy.  In addition, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required (since 1996) the addition of folic acid to many… Read More »

FDA announces recall of another heart medicine for possible cancer risk

The recalled lot will have “Westminster Pharmaceuticals” and “GSMS Inc.” on the label, according to the FDA list. Another heart medicine, valsartan, has also been recalled recently due to contamination. Irbesartan is an angiotensin II receptor blocker, or ARB. This is a drug that blocks a potent chemical in the blood called anigiotensin, which causes… Read More »