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Iodine in global news

10. November 2016

Northern Ireland: Pregnant women may be iodine deficient

by Amber Cox, originally published on the Healio website on November 9, 2016 Iodine deficiency in pregnant women from Northern Ireland is common, but offspring have adequate iodine levels, according to a recent study. “A re-emergence of mild ...

08. November 2016

UK: Lack of iodine during pregnancy linked to lower IQ in babies

Originally published in the Irish News on November 8, 2016 Pregnant women are being encouraged to include iodine-rich foods such as dairy, fish, eggs and cranberries in their diet to avoid compromising their unborn children's brain development...

08. November 2016

Thailand: Iodine deficiency still a problem in northeastern provinces

THE government is set to solve lack of iodine problem in Thai children with a long-term plan as a carry-on of His Majesty the late King’s aspiration to help his people. The Department of Medical Sciences (DMS) was concerned after its latest worrying...

30. October 2016

Thai government aims to boost iodine levels

The Department of Medical Sciences (DMS) has devised a long-term plan to tackle iodine deficiency in Thai children, an issue His Majesty the late King sought to address. Citing the results of tests on newborn infants' thyroid-stimulating hormone, an...

27. October 2016

Sarajevo workshop puts major focus on sustainability of IDD prevention

On October 13-14, 2016, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, IGN and UNICEF held a consultative workshop for multi-sector country teams from the western part of the UNICEF CEE/CIS (Central and Eastern Europe/Commonwealth of Independent States) Region,...

27. October 2016

UNICEF emphasizes the importance of maintaining universal availability of iodised salt to protect China’s pregnant women and children against Iodine Deficiency Disorders

Global experts are convening in Harbin, China to review China’s successful salt iodisation program. The conference will review current global and national recommendations, discuss issues with USI implementation, methods for surveillance and monitoring,...

28. September 2016

Pakistan: UK-funded fortification program targets women and children

By Lynda Searby, 27-Sep-2016 A £48m (€55m) five-year, large-scale fortification programme is being rolled out this month in Pakistan in a bid to combat malnutrition in women and children.

20. September 2016

Israel: Desalinated sea water linked to iodine deficiency

Hebrew University study suggests that desalination can dramatically increase the prevalence of inadequate iodine intake. "There is no doubt that desalination is a blessing. However, we need to be mindful of unintended consequences," says Dr. Aron ...

19. July 2016

#FutureFortified global recommendations released

The Government of Tanzania and GAIN hosted the #FutureFortified Global Summit on Food Fortification from 9 to 11 September 2015 in Arusha, Tanzania. As part of the Summit Technical Advisory Group, the Iodine Global Network helped to design the evidence...

18. July 2016

Micronutrient supplements are important for pregnant women

Prenatal multivitamins are an "unnecessary expense" according to a review published by BMJ earlier this week, which advised pregnant women to focus on supplementing with folic acid and vitamin D supplements while improving their overall diet. According ...

11. July 2016

Study in Ireland shows iodine status is improved by continued exposure to a seaweed-rich environment

The research published in the Irish Medical Journal says iodine intake, which is essential to brain development in children, is improved by continued exposure to a seaweed-rich environment. The two-decade study, led by Prof Peter Smyth of both...

11. July 2016

Mozambique to fortify 5 foods, including salt

Mozambique published legislation on 18 April 2016 to fortify five food vehicles as part of its multi-sector plan to reduce chronic undernutrition. The mandate calls for fortification of wheat flour, corn meal, cooking oil, sugar, and salt. The law...

29. June 2016

Australia: Mandatory double-fortification of bread brings significant health benefits

A new study has found the mandatory introduction of folic acid and iodine to bread has brought significant health benefits to Australians. The rates of spina bifida and other neural birth defects in Australian babies have declined since the introduction...

09. June 2016

Venkatesh Mannar honored by University of Toronto

Born into a fifth-generation salt producing family in India, Venkatesh Mannar has spent close to four decades working in developing countries around the world to help put an end to malnutrition and micronutrient deficiency. Humble table salt, as it...

31. May 2016

Iran highlights importance of iodine during pregnancy

A senior Iranian health official highlighted the adverse impacts of iodine deficiency on the development of the brain in children “which can be rectified through adequate intake of iodine in the daily diet”. Professor Fereidoun Azizi, director of...

17. May 2016

School-children in New Zealand are iodine-sufficient

A new study aimed to determine the iodine status of New Zealand children when the fortification of bread was well established. A cross-sectional survey of children aged 8–10 years was conducted in the cities of Auckland and Christchurch, New Zealand, ...

17. May 2016

New Zealand study to examine links between iodine status and postnatal depression

After the birth of their baby most women see their health care professionals, with the focus often on the baby’s health. Yet 10 to 15 per cent of new mothers in New Zealand will suffer from postnatal depression. The mental health of the mother has been...

06. May 2016

China announces reforms to salt monopoly

China’s government is chipping away at the country’s millennia-old salt monopoly, scrapping controls on the price and distribution of edible salt as part of the broader overhaul of the state sector. The State Council, or cabinet, announced Thursday...

03. May 2016

Taking a deeper look at micronutrient deficiencies

Though iodine was among the first nutrients recognized as vital to humans today, deficiency affects 780 million people worldwide. While other nutrients, like zinc, are derived from the parent materials of the soil (minerals and organic material...

29. April 2016

Iodine deficiency in the UK: grabbing the low-hanging fruit

In this era of global obesity and diabetes epidemics, simple solutions to public health problems seem almostinconceivable. And if such an easily solved issue were to arise, it might be expected that politicians and public health authorities would jump at...

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