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Alcohol a leading cause of cancer death; Folic acid early in pregnancy may reduce risk of autism
Alcohol a leading cause of cancer death; Folic acid early in pregnancy may reduce risk of autism

(February 17, 2013 - Insidermedicine)

From Boston – According to research published in the American Journal of Public Health, alcohol consumption is a major contributor to cancer mortality in the US. Researchers reviewed national data on cancer death and alcohol consumption. They found that alcohol consumption was responsible for nearly 20,000 cancer deaths a year, or 3.5% of all cancer deaths in the US. Alcohol was linked to 6,000 breast cancer deaths a year, or 15% of all breast cancer deaths. Every death attributed to alcohol accounted for an average of 18 years of potential life lost.

From Norway - Folic acid supplementation in early pregnancy greatly reduces risk of autism in the child, according to a report published in JAMA. Researchers studied over 85,000 babies and their parents, following participants for 3-10 years. There were nearly 300 cases of autism spectrum disorder over the course of the study. Results showed that mothers who had taken folic acid supplements early in their pregnancy had a 40% reduced risk of having a child with ASD, when compared to mothers who did not take supplementation.

 
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