A Solution in the Salt Supply?

Ethiopia experiences 7X the global prevalence of neural tube defects, which can mean babies born without brains or with protruding spinal cords.  
 
“Probably every other day we see a child that is so bad we can’t help them,” says Tony Magana of Mekelle University School of Medicine.
 
B vitamin folate is key to spinal development during pregnancy; that’s why 80+ other countries mandate fortified flour. But flour is not a diet staple in Ethiopia.

So, what about adding folic acid (a synthetic form of B vitamin folate) into the salt supply?
 
Scientists met in Addis Ababa this month to mull over an unproven, but potentially promising solution.
 
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