A study published in Public Health Reviews has revealed previous data showing the set upper limit of folate was flawed. The experts involved are now urging the Department of Health to approve the fortification of flour with folic acid in order to help reduce neural tube defects (NTD), such as spina bifida, in unborn babies.
This follows the Scottish and Welsh Governments recently writing joint letters to the UK Health Secretary urging him to make the fortification of flour with folic acid mandatory on a UK wide basis.
Recent figures show folate levels in Scotland are particularly low compared to international standards. In Scotland, 81% of women of childbearing age are more at risk of an NTD affected pregnancy because they don’t have enough folic acid – which is 6% higher than the UK as a whole.
Chief Executive of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland Andy Wynd MBE said; “We welcome this new evidence published in the Public Health Reviews which shows there is no medical reason to stop folic acid being added to flour. As a charity we have long advocated for mandatory flour fortification in order to reduce the number of children born with neural tube defects such as spina bifida. In light of this new evidence, we believe the UK Government should be actively taking steps to introduce legislation to ensure that mandatory fortification of flour becomes a reality in the UK.”
“In Scotland, the issue of flour fortification is particularly relevant as more children are born with spina bifida than anywhere else in the UK. Flour fortification in other countries has resulted in up to 70% reductions in pregnancies according to recent studies and we believe this would produce similar results in Scotland.”
Scotland specific issues
Scotland has more live births per head of population with spina bifida than anywhere else in the UK. Possibly due to religious and cultural differences, only 45% of pregnancies are terminated in Scotland as compared with 80% in the rest of the UK.
Taking daily folic acid supplements, at the correct recommended dose (0.4mg) three months prior to conception, could reduce up to 70% of these pregnancies from being affected and lower both the number of those born with the condition and the number of pregnancies terminated.
Children born with spina bifida often have paralysis in the lower limbs, urological, neurological and orthopedic problems which often become more significant throughout life. Fortification of flour would reduce the number of babies born with this lifelong disability. Find out more about folic acid and flour fortification on the Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland website www.sbhscotland.org.uk/folic-acid
Parents in Scotland are offered impartial and non-judgmental advice by SBH Scotland to enable them to make informed decisions about their pregnancy. Whatever their final decision, SBH Scotland will always be there for support and advice whenever needed. Those affected by any of the issues associated with spina bifida or hydrocephalus, can call the SBH Scotland Family Support Service helpline on 03455 211 300, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sbhscotland.org.uk
SBH Scotland are one of the nominated charities who will receive funding from Global Radio's 'Make Some Noise' charity appeal this year and we're asking everyone who'd like to support their appeal if they'd like to take part in Pedal for Scotland on Sunday 10th September in Glasgow.
Over 10,000 riders will be taking part in 6 cycling routes across Scotland; From the wee janut to the Big Belter - if you like cycling this is a great challenge.
Make Some Noise offering those taking part free entry into any of the distances as long as you pledge to raise £100 for Make Some Noise.
To get signed up
- Click on this link:
- Get registered and when prompted use the code for the Heart team - HRTFM17, which will give you free entry
- This will be for any ride – 10 mile Wee Jaunt Edinburgh, 45 mile Classic Challenge or the 93 mile Big Belter.
- For your fundraising Makes Some Noise ask that you use this page
Don’t worry if you can’t get the £100 before September 10th as you have until the start of October to fundraise!
By signing up for Pedal for Scotland you also agree with the terms and conditions which are detailed below.
And they say nothing ever happens!!! It's just not the case at SBH Scotland. Thanks to our friends at Baby Grand Productions we now have a brilliant film of our families to go along with the Christmas Single generously donated by internationally renowned band, Travis. Quite a busy December.
The single is now available to download or stream from all major online music retailers, along with the full 'Pasted Beyond Recognition Album' and all profits come to our charity so please share this festive story far and wide and help us continue making a difference to the lives of all those we support.
A massive thank you to everyone who has been involved with this Del Amitri fans project.
Due to increased costs and lack of demand we no longer purchase Christmas cards to sell but thanks to JustGiving you can still buy SBH Scotland e-cards and share your message of support to friends and family this Christmas.
Thank you and Happy Christmas from everyone at SBH Scotland.
Two titans of Scottish rock, Travis and Del Amitri, have come together to release a Christmas charity single, with all proceeds going to Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus (SBH) Scotland.
Travis has given a festive makeover to one of Del Amitri’s most successful songs, ‘Nothing Ever Happens’. The single, which will be available for download pre-order from iTunes on 24 November, features sleigh bells and Fran Healy‘s soothing vocals.
The track will also feature on an album of Del Amitri covers, a brainchild of the band’s fan-base.
Through a social media campaign led by fans, and a personal blessing from Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie, a host of famous Scottish musicians and song-writers have collaborated to support the cause. Ricky Ross of Deacon Blue, Julie Fowlis and Tom McRae have all provided songs for the album; ‘Pasted Beyond Recognition’, named after lyrics from Del Amitri song ‘Surface Of The Moon’.
Fran Healy from Travis, said: “Nothing Ever Happens is a perfect song which is as relevant today as it was when it was written. I feel honoured to have been allowed to give it a shot. It’s never going to be as good as the original but it’s a decent effort. We hope it helps sell the CD.”
‘Pasted Beyond Recognition’ will be officially launched at a special celebration of music on Saturday 17 December 2016 at the Òran Mór in Glasgow with host Hardeep Singh Kohli. Justin Currie will be treating gig-goers to Del Amitri’s classics and will be joined by Tom McRae, Withered Hand, Blue Rose Code, Ranagri, Zervas & Pepper, Jill Jackson of Speedway and Kris Dollimore, who will all be performing their cover versions from the album. All proceeds from the event and album sales will also be donated to SBH Scotland.
Deborah Roe, Director of Fundraising for SBH Scotland, said: “We are grateful to the Del Amitri fans, Travis, Justin Currie and all of the fantastic musicians who have all generously come together to collaborate on this release. As a charity that is almost solely self-funded, the money and awareness raised will make a huge difference to the lives of those across Scotland affected by these lifelong, complex conditions. The launch gig will be the perfect end to our 50th anniversary celebrations.”
Tickets for the album launch gig are £25 and are available now from the Òran Mór website: http://oran-mor.co.uk
Fans can keep up to date with the latest news on the Del Amitri Fans Facebook Page www.facebook.com/delamitrifans and on Twitter by following @delamitrinews.