Saving Babies One Vitamin at a Time

Scientists in Australia have recently discovered that correcting a deficiency in vitamin B3, niacin, in pregnant women could greatly reduce miscarriages and also prevent major birth defects of the heart, spine, and liver and cleft palates. The research was conducted on mice and still needs to be confirmed in human trials, but it could forever impact what doctors prescribe for pregnant women in the future and could save many lives.

“We believe that this breakthrough will be one of our country’s greatest ever medical discoveries. It’s extremely rare to discover the problem and provide a preventive solution at the same time. It’s actually a double breakthrough,” said executive director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, professor Robert Graham.

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