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J Inherit Metab Dis. 2009 Jun;32(3):400-2. doi: 10.1007/s10545-009-1093-0. Epub 2009 Mar 16.

Autism: Is there a folate connection?

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  • 1Screening Laboratory, Clinical Chemistry Department, Children's Hospital, Steelhouse Lane, Birmingham B4 6NH, UK. Robert@leemingrj.demon.co.uk


Autism is increasing-but why? Birth defect prevention trials were based on the teleological assumption that folic acid could prevent neural tube defects without consideration of long-term effects, some of which could be beneficial, some of which might be harmful. We therefore ask-Is it impossible to look again at these cohorts?

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