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Folic acid and multivitamin use may decrease autism risk

KEY POINT

Maternal exposure to folic acid and/or multivitamins (MVI) before and during pregnancy was associated with a lower risk of autism spectrum disorder in the child compared with no exposure, according to results of a case-control study published in JAMA Psychiatry.

 

SOURCES

Levine SZ, et al. Association of maternal use of folic acid and multivitamin supplements in the periods before and during pregnancy with the risk of autism spectrum disorder in offspring. JAMA Psychiatry. 2018;75(2):176–84. 

CDC. Folic acid. Accessed October 21, 2018.

ACOG. Nutrition during pregnancy. Accessed October 18, 2018.