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Smartphone applications available to pregnant women in the United Kingdom: An assessment of nutritional information

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Smartphone applications available to pregnant women in the United Kingdom: An assessment of nutritional information. / Flynn, Angela; Dalrymple, Kathryn V; Poston, Lucilla; White, Sara Louise; Moore, Amanda.

In: Maternal & Child Nutrition, 2019.

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Flynn, A, Dalrymple, KV, Poston, L, White, SL & Moore, A 2019, 'Smartphone applications available to pregnant women in the United Kingdom: An assessment of nutritional information', Maternal & Child Nutrition. https://doi.org/10.1111/mcn.12918

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Flynn, A., Dalrymple, K. V., Poston, L., White, S. L., & Moore, A. (2019). Smartphone applications available to pregnant women in the United Kingdom: An assessment of nutritional information. Maternal & Child Nutrition, [e12918]. https://doi.org/10.1111/mcn.12918

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Flynn A, Dalrymple KV, Poston L, White SL, Moore A. Smartphone applications available to pregnant women in the United Kingdom: An assessment of nutritional information. Maternal & Child Nutrition. 2019. e12918. https://doi.org/10.1111/mcn.12918

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Flynn, Angela ; Dalrymple, Kathryn V ; Poston, Lucilla ; White, Sara Louise ; Moore, Amanda. / Smartphone applications available to pregnant women in the United Kingdom: An assessment of nutritional information. In: Maternal & Child Nutrition. 2019.

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