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Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hispanic Newborns are at Greater Risks of Getting Certain Birth Defects

According to a new study, Hispanic women are more likely to give birth to the children with a birth defect known as neural tube defect. This condition affects brain and spine of the new born.

The March of Dime report also says that Hispanics have more premature births than other ethnic group. It also reports that Hispanics have more babies each year than other groups in United States.

“One of the things that caught our eye was, while Hispanics represent 17 percent of the population, 24 percent of premature babies are Hispanic,” said Dr. Edward McCabe, senior vice president and chief medical officer of the March of Dimes.

According to the experts, the risk of birth defects in Hispanic women is higher because of the use of corn masa flour. This flour lacks folic acid which is necessary to prevent neural tube defect in the babies. Another reason is the lack of consuming multivitamin with folic acid prior to pregnancy in Hispanic women.

“This is why the March of Dimes is striving to have masa cornmeal fortified with folate,” said Dr. Diana Ramos, an associate clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles.

“Corn masa flour is not part of the standard American diet, so, since 2012, we’ve been working on this, making progress slowly,” added Ramos, co-chair of the newly established March of Dimes Hispanic  Advisory Council. 

Reblogged from Techsonia 

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