Continued folic acid supplementation beyond the early stages of pregnancy may have beneficial effects on child cognitive development

A collaboration of reserchers from Ulster University, Causeway Hospital in Northern Ireland, the Royal-Jubilee Maternity Service in Belfast, Universtiy College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin have published an update of their FASSTT Offspring Trial. This randomised controlled trial originally compared pregnancy outcomes between women treated with 400 micrograms of folic acid and placebo exposed controls. This latest update to the trial compared neurodevelopmental outcomes of children at 3 and 7 years of age, and the authors found some beneficial differences in neurodevelopmental parameters among the folic acid exposed group. More information can be found here.

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