Iodine Global Network (IGN)

Iodine in the global news

28. June 2017

Ireland: Questions over iodine levels in dairy feed

The Department of Agriculture has written to animal feed manufactures over the levels of iodine contained in their products. In the letter, seen by FarmIreland the Department cites concerns over milk containing high levels of iodine which is unsuitable...

26. June 2017

Ironing out Iodine Deficiency

When Professor Creswell Eastman visited a remote, mountainous region of Tibet in the 1980s, he was shocked by what he found. While researching the extent of iodine deficiency disorders, he came across entire villages filled with people with low IQs, ...

23. May 2017

Is your diet putting you at risk of iodine deficiency?

When you go to a cafe and order a coffee, do you avoid dairy and order soy milk or even almond milk instead? Or, do you avoid bread perhaps? Because you're trying not to eat too many carbs? Or because you're gluten intolerant. Well, if you do either of...

23. May 2017

Switzerland: Schleichender Jodmangel in der Schweiz: Werden wir wieder zu «Idioten der Alpen»?

Wegen Öko-Salz, Fertig-Food und Anti-Salz-Gesundheitskampagnen: Bei immer mehr Schweizern liegt die Jodversorgung im kritischen Bereich. Dieses Manko sorgte bereits vor über 100 Jahren für Probleme, besonders in den Bergtälern.

15. May 2017

How a Tsunami in Japan Endangered Children in Cambodia

The tsunami and nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, now threatens the developing brains of children in Cambodia — but not for reasons that were ever expected. Cambodia has long struggled with iodine deficiency. The element is crucial to early brain...

09. April 2017

Lack of iodized salt in Cambodia is a 'serious public health risk'

When Arnaud Laillou, a nutrition specialist with UNICEF, led a salt iodization study in 2014, he wanted to be sure that salt producers were not adding too much iodine. Just four years earlier, UNICEF had stopped providing iodine to salt producers at...

07. April 2017

Here’s the real reason we eat iodized table salt

Salt isn’t just a seasoning anymore, and the popularity of Salt Bae ― the hunky chef who salts his food with bravado ― is proof of that. Then there’s Himalayan pink salt, flaky sea salt and kosher salt that remind us we’re in a new era of cooking. But...

27. March 2017

Kashmir begins a goiter and iodine status survey

The Department of Community Medicine, Government Medical College, Srinagar has started goiter survey in various areas. The study is being done in collaboration with Department of Biochemistry and multi-specialty research unit established by Indian...

27. March 2017

High burden of Iodine deficiency found in Israel’s first national survey

“High risk of impaired neurological development of the fetus in Israel” Ministry of Health supported research effort; now, eradicating iodine deficiency will require government funding and legislation, and a government-regulated program of salt or ...

27. March 2017

Israelis have among world's worst iodine deficiency

Acute iodine deficiency is costing Israelis IQ points and all we need to do to prevent neuro-damage is iodize salt like rest of world, say doctors. For the first time, Israelis have been surveyed for iodine levels and the discovered deficiencies have...

21. March 2017

Sustainable elimination of IDD in Latin America

A report has been published of the sub-regional workshops conducted in Latin America to evaluate the current IDD situation of the countries in the Region. The workshops were organized jointly by UNICEF and the Iodine Global Network, and their...

21. March 2017

February IDD Newsletter features Latin America, IQ impact

The February IDD Newsletter has been distributed and is posted on our website. Articles focus on the challenges in Latin America and the impact of iodized salt in enhancing IQ of newborn infants.

02. February 2017

Xenia Tchoumitcheva raises more than 1,000 GBP for the IGN

The Swiss, Russian-born model and enterpreneur Xenia Tchoumitcheva (@xenia) has launched a two-week fundraising campaign for the IGN via the All Charities UK online platform. Xenia is the first celebrity to launch a campaign with All Charities, and we...

16. December 2016

Why has Australia fallen behind Kazakhstan in school performance?

By Cres Eastman for the Sydney Morning Herald When will we ever learn? After the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Studies and the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study results were released in 2012 there was widespread...

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,...

25 pages