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Folate status in Aboriginal people before and after mandatory fortification of flour for bread-making in Australia

Overview of attention for article published in Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, December 2015
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Title
Folate status in Aboriginal people before and after mandatory fortification of flour for bread-making in Australia
Published in
Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, December 2015
DOI 10.1111/ajo.12425
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Authors

Carol Bower, Susannah Maxwell, Siobhan Hickling, Heather D'Antoine, Peter O'Leary

Abstract

Mandatory fortification of wheat flour for bread-making was introduced in Australia in September 2009, to assist in the prevention of neural tube defects (NTD). NTD are twice as common in Aboriginal compared with non-Aboriginal infants, and folate levels are lower in the Aboriginal population. This study was undertaken to compare folate status and NTD in the Aboriginal population before and after fortification. Postfortification, 95 Aboriginal men and nonpregnant women aged 16-44 years in metropolitan and regional Western Australia (WA) completed a rapid dietary assessment tool and had blood taken to measure red cell folate. Measures were compared with prefortification values obtained in an earlier study using the same methods. Data on NTD in Aboriginal infants were obtained from the WA Register of Developmental Anomalies. No participant was folate deficient. The mean red cell folate increased after fortification to 443 ng/mL for males and 567 ng/mL for females. The mean difference between red cell folate after fortification compared with before was 129 ng/mL for males (95% CI 81-177); t = 5.4; P < 0.0001) and 186 ng/mL for females (95% CI 139-233); t = 7.9; P < 0.0001). Most participants ate fortified shop-bought bread at least weekly, resulting in an estimated additional folate intake per day of 178 (males) and 145 (females) dietary folate equivalents. NTD prevalence fell by 68% following fortification (prevalence ratio 0.32 (CI 0.15-0.69)). The population health intervention of mandatory fortification of wheat flour for bread-making has had the desired effect of increasing folate status and reducing NTD in the Australian Aboriginal population.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 13 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 3 23%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 23%
Librarian 2 15%
Other 2 15%
Student > Master 1 8%
Other 1 8%
Unknown 1 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Social Sciences 4 31%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 23%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 1 8%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 1 8%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 1 8%
Other 1 8%
Unknown 2 15%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 21. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 13 August 2016.
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