Folic Acid Supplementation for the Prevention of Neural Tube Defects.

In this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association, an article is published with updated recommendations from the US Preventive Services Task Force regarding taking supplemental folic acid to prevent neural tube defects during pregnancy. The recommendations are that all women who are planning or capable of pregnancy take a daily supplement containing 0.4 to 0.8 mg (400-800 µg) of folic acid.