[ RadSafe ] RE: birth defects in Basrah

John Jacobus crispy_bird at yahoo.com
Sat Apr 14 21:06:53 CDT 2007

Beyond the genetic issue, spina bifida is typically a
nutritonal problem:

"Folic acid (also known as vitamin B9 or folate) is
one of the few nutrients known to prevent neural tube
birth defects such as spina bifida, which affects
about one in 1,000 pregnancies each year in the United
States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
report that women who take the recommended daily dose
of folic acid starting one month before they conceive
and throughout the first trimester reduce their baby's
risk of birth defects such as spina bifida by up to 70


--- "Franta, Jaroslav" <frantaj at aecl.ca> wrote:

> >3.  Are there any alternative hypotheses for the
> birth defect
> >increases in Basrah, U.S., and U.K. troops which
> have not been ruled
> >out?
> >
> As the researcher says, "spina bifida is a very,
> very common birth defect,
> affecting one to two births out of every 1,000" and
> it "leads to...
> anencephaly, a fatal condition in which part of the
> brain and the skull are
> absent.
> 83cf-8f729acb9edf
> Gene shown to cause spina bifida
> McGill team studied disorder for 10 years
> RENE BRUEMMER, The Gazette, Thursday, April 05, 2007
> McGill University researchers have identified a gene
> that causes the
> developmental disorder spina bifida, the
> second-most-prevalent birth defect
> after cardiac abnormalities.
. . .

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John Jacobus, MS
Certified Health Physicist
e-mail:  crispy_bird at yahoo.com

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