Tagged: folic acid

Epilepsy drug exposure in womb linked to significantly poorer school test results - News

Jean Balchin Mar 29, 2018

According to a study published recently in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, exposure to epilepsy drugs in the womb is linked to significantly poorer school test results among 7 year olds. Evidently, prospective mothers need to be fully informed of the risks of treatment. However these risks need to be weighed against the need for effective seizure control during … Read More

Fluoridation debate: Responding to Tom O’Connor - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott Jun 02, 2016

Ken Perrott responds to Tom O’Connor’s post Debating fluoridation and tyranny – Tom O’Connor responds. This is the second article in the debate. I think Tom’s concept of “freedom of choice” is confused. He appears to be arguing for his own right to determine a social decision. But that is undemocratic, it imposes an individual’s wish on society. Read More

And now for some science… the marvels of skin - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jun 06, 2014

Apologies for the lack of actual science posts recently. Let’s see if we can remedy that! Last month I had the great privilege of interviewing skin cancer surgeon Dr Sharad Paul* for a session at the Auckland Writers Festival. We talked about his recent book Skin – A Biography, published in 2013 by Fourth … Read More

A more complete equation - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Jun 10, 2013

  Lots of chat from fellow science bloggers (see here, here, here and here) about fluoridation following the recent Hamilton City Council decision. Naturally most of the posts focus on the science and the logic (or otherwise) of the arguments around fluoridation.  I have no knowledge about fluoridation per se and have nothing to add to the science. … Continue reading » … Read More

Is food fortification good or bad? - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Oct 01, 2009

The issue of food fortification has certainly got many people hot under the collar in recent months in New Zealand! There has been a real furore over the whole idea of fortifying bread with folic acid (a harmless B vitamin), although mandatory iodine fortification is going ahead. The term fortification describes the addition of nutrients to food to levels above … Read More