January 5-11, 2009

Partner release (DOC)
Alternate partner release (DOC)
How to pitch (DOC)
CDC materials guide (DOC)
Sample article (DOC)
Letter to the editor (DOC)
Communications and Marketing Plan Template (DOC)
Hispanic Communications and Marketing Plan (DOC)
Hispanic Media and Community Outreach Tool Kit (DOC)

USA Rice Educational Materials:

Moms-to-be (DOC)
Healthy Rice Bowls (DOC)



Preventing Birth Defects with Folic Acid

National Folic Acid Program


Botto, Lorenzo, D., et al., "International retrospective cohort study of neural tube defects in
 relation to folic acid recommendations: Are the recommendations working?" British Medical Journal, February 2005, http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/rapidpdf/bmj.38336.664352.82v1

Czeizel AE. "The primary prevention of birth defects: Multivitamins or folic acid?". Int J Med Sci 2004; 1:50-61. http://www.medsci.org/v01p0050.htm

Hannon-Fletcher,  Mary P., et al, "Determining bioavailability of food folates in a controlled intervention study," American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 80, No.4, 911-918, October 2004.http://www.ajcn.org

Lolkje, T.W. De Jong-van den Berg, et al., "Trends and Predictors of Folic Acid Awareness and Periconceptional use in Pregnant Women," The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 192, Issue 1, pp 121-128, January 2005.

Ray, J.G., et al., "Greater maternal weight and the ongoing risk of neural tube defects after folic acid flour fortification," Obstet Gynecol 2005: 105: 261-5, http://www.greenjournal.org/cgi/content/abstract/105/2/261

Missmer, Stacey A., et al., "Exposure to Fumonisins and the Occurrence of Neural Tube Defects along the Texas-Mexico Border," Environmental Health Perspectives, Vol. 114, No.2, pp. 237-241, February 2006, http://www.ehponline.org/members/2005/8221/8221.html


Kruman I., et al, “Folic Acid Deficiency and Homocysteine Impair DNA Repair in Hippocampal Neurons and Sensitize Them to Amyloid Toxicity in Experimental Models of Alzheimer’s Disease,” The Journal of Neuroscience, Vol. 22, No. 5, Pages 1752-1762, March 2, 2002. http://www.jneurosci.org/cgi/content/full/22/5/1752?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=1&titleabstract=folic

Seshadri, S., et al., “Plasma Homocysteine as a Risk Factor for Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease,” The New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 346, No. 7, Pages 476-483, February 2002.

Folic Acid Possibly a Key Factor in Alzheimer’s Disease Prevention.


Butterworth, CE Jr., et al., “Folate Deficiency and Cervical Dysplasia,” JAMA, Vol 267, Pages 528-533,No. 4, Pages 528-533, January 22, 1992.

Giovannucci E.,, et al, “Multivitamin Use, Folate, and Colon Cancer in Women in the nurses’ Health Study,” Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 129, Issue 7, Pages 517, 524, October 1998.

La Vecchia, C.,et al., “Dietary Folate and Colorectal Cancer,” International Journal of Cancer, Vol. 102, Issue 5, Pages, 545-547, December 2002.

Pufulete M., et al., "Effect of folic acid supplementation of genomic DNA methylation in patients with colorectal adenoma," Gut, Vol. 54, pages 648-653, May 2005,

Terry P., et al.,“Dietary Intake of folic Acid and Colorectal Cancer Risk in a Cohort of Women,” International Journal of Cancer,Vol.,97, Issue 6, Pages 864-867, February 20, 2002.

Sellers, Thomas A., et al., “Dietary Folate Intake, Alcohol, and Risk of Breast Cancer in a Prospective Study of Postmenopausal Women, Epidemiology, Vol 12, Pages 420-428, July 2001.
http://www.epidem.com/pt/re/epidemiology/abstract.00001648-200107000-00012.htm;jsessionid= Bv2w8IyqMEH968mh4BY6WDjrlIyjGvZv76LYYx7v4KWTU3cfd14R!53808052!-949856032!9001!-1? index=11&results=1&count=10&searchid=1&nav=search

Shrubsole, Martha J., et al., “Dietary Folate Intake and Breast Cancer Risk: Results from the Shanghai Breast Cancer Study, Cancer Research, Vol. 61, Pages 7136-7141, October 1, 2001.

Verreault, R., et al., “A Case-Control Study of Diet and Invasive Cervical Cancer”, International Journal of Cancer, Vol 43, Issue 6, Pages 1050-1054, 1989.

Zhang, S.,et al., “Plasma Folate, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Homocysteine, and Risk of Breast Cancer, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Vol. 95, No. 5, Pages 373-380, March 5, 2003.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Action Medical Research

“Folic Acid”, Web site of the American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ETO/content/ETO_5_3X_Folic_Acid.asp?sitearea=ETO


Malinow, M. et al.,“Homocysteine, Diet, and Cardiovascular Diseases
A Statement for Healthcare Professional From the Nutrition Committee, American Heart Association."


van Rooij IALM., et al., "Periconceptional folate intake by supplement and food reduces the risk of nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate", Preventive Medicine, Vol. 39, Issue 4, October 2004, Pages 689-694.


Barkai G., et al., “Frequency of Down’s syndrome and neural-tube defects in the same family”, The Lancet, 2003, Vol. 361, Issue 9366, Page 1331-35.


French, A., et al., “Folic Acid Food Fortification is Associated with a decline in Neuroblastoma,” Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Vol. 74, Number 3, September 2003.

Grosse S., et al, "Reevaluating the Benefits of Folic Acid Fortification in the United States: Economic Analysis, Regulation, and Public Health," The American Journal of Public Health,
Vol 905, No. 11, Pages 1917-1922, November 2005. http://www.ajph.org/content/vol95/issue11/

Lawence, Jean M., et al., "Do racial and ethnic differences in serum folate values exist after food fortification with folic acid?", American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vol. 194, Issue 2, pp. 520-526, http://www.sciencedirect.com..

“Spina Bifida and Anencephaly Before and After Folic Acid Mandate – United States, 1995- 1996 and 1999-2000.”CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Review, May 7, 2004/53(17);362-365.

Williams, Laura, et al., "Decline in the Prevalence of Spina Bifida and Anencephaly by Race/Ethnicity: 1998-2002," Pediatrics, Vol. 116, No. 3, September 2005, pp. 580-586, http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/abstract/116/3/580


Elias, Merrill F. et al., "Homocysteine and Cognitive Performance in the Framingham Offspring Study: Age is Important," American Journal of Epidemiology, Vol. 162, No. 7, pp. 644-653, http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/162/7/644

Mignini L.E., et al., "Mapping the theories of preeclampsia: the role of homocysteine," Obstet Gynecol 2005; 105: 411-25. http://www.greenjournal.org/cgi/content/abstract/105/2/411

Mooijaart, Simon P., et al., "Homocysteine, Vitamin B-12, and folic acid and the risk of cognitive decline in old age: the Leiden 85-Plus Study," American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 82, No. 4, pp. 866-871, October 2005, http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/82/4/866

Forman, John P., et al, "Folate Intake and the Risk of Incident Hypertension Among US Women," JAMA, Vol. 293, No. 3, January 19, 2005.


The Leukaemia Research Fund, News Release, April 24, 2003.


Adequate Folic Acid in Diet May Be Important for Both Men and Women of Reproductive Age, Suggests UC Berkeley Study.


Bazzano L., et al., “Dietary Intake of Folate and Risk of Stroke in US Men and Women, NHANES I Epidemiologic Follow-Up Study,” Stroke; Vol. 33, Pages 1183-1189, 2002.

Wong, W., et al., “Effects of folic acid and zinc sulfate on male factor subfertility: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial,” Fertility and Sterility, Vol. 77, No.3, March 2002.


Berry, RJ, et al., "Impact of misclassification of in vitro fertilization in studies of folic acid and twinning: modelling using populated based Swedish vital records," British Medical Journal,
February 2005, http://bmj.bmjjournals.com/cgi/rapidpdf/bmj.38369.437789.8241

Signiore, C., et al., "Effects of folic acid fortification on twin gestation rates," Obstet Gynecol 2005: 105: 757-762, http://www.greenjournal.org/cgi/content/abstract/105/4/757?maxtoshow=&HITS=10&hits=10&RESULTFORMAT=& fulltext=folic+acid&searchid=1141230740055_1591&FIRSTINDEX=0&volume=105&issue=4&journalcode=acogjnl



These are some organizations that have materials available about folic acid for the general public. Some NCFA members have materials available for their association members. Please check our members’ Web sites for more information. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Florida Folic Acid Council

March of Dimes

National Alliance for Hispanic Health
Telephone Hotline and Helpline

North Carolina Folic Acid Council

The Pregnancy Foresight Project
The Pregnancy Foresight Project has translated and made available on their Web site information about folic acid and preconception brochures in English, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese and Somali: www.swedishmedical.org/PregnancyForesight/Home.html

Spina Bifida Association

Tennessee Folic Acid Council

Folic Acid Information in Other Languages
The National Council on Folic Acid is pleased to share the following resources about folic acid in languages other than English. Please be aware that folic acid recommendations differ from country to country and therefore some of the information might differ from the U.S. recommended dosage of 400 micrograms daily.

Preventing Neural Tube Defects for Couples at Increased Risk

Russian: How Diet Can Prevent Birth Defects (Australian folic acid recommendations) — available in Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, English, Italian, Khmer/Cambodian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Thai, Turkish, and Vietnamese: http://www.mhcs.health.nsw.gov.au/health-public-affairs/mhcs/publications/3460.html