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Iodine in the news - articles from 2009 to the present.

10. July 2020

Benefit and risk assessment of iodization of household salt and salt used in bread and bakery products

Opinion of the Panel on Nutrition, Dietetic Products, Novel Food and Allergy of the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and Environment. Report from the Norwegian Scientific Committee for Food and...

30. June 2020

IGN stands in solidarity with recent efforts to address the longstanding structural racial inequity we have in the USA and abroad.

IGN is an apolitical organization focused on eliminating iodine deficiency and thus ensuring that all children can achieve their cognitive potential. While IGN focuses on iodine nutrition, we recognize...

11. June 2020

Estimating the Health and Economic Benefits of Universal Salt Iodization Programs to correct Iodine Deficiency Disorders

There has been tremendous progress over the past twenty-five years to control iodine deficiency disorders (IDD) through universal salt iodization (USI). In 2019, using the median urinary iodine...

10. June 2020

Household Coverage with Adequately Iodized Salt and Iodine Status of Nonpregnant and Pregnant Women in Uzbekistan

Globally, iodine deficiency has been drastically reduced since the introduction of salt iodization programs; nonetheless, many populations remain at-risk for iodine deficiency. This study aimed to assess...

09. June 2020

Evaluation of Iodine Nutritional Status Among Pregnant Women in China

Remarkable achievements have been made for over two decades by implementing a universal salt iodization policy in China. However, changes in the standards and manufacturing of iodized salt have made it...

05. May 2020

Updated Iodine Fact Sheet for Health Professionals from the US National Institute of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary Supplements

Introduction Iodine is a trace element that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. Iodine is an essential component of the thyroid hormones...

22. April 2020

Stable Iodine Nutrition During Two Decades of Continuous Universal Salt Iodisation in Sri Lanka

Universal salt iodisation (USI) was introduced in Sri Lanka in 1995. Since then, four national iodine surveys have assessed the iodine nutrition status of the population. We retrospectively reviewed ...

03. March 2020

Q&A: USAID's first chief nutritionist plans to 'demystify' the sector

Shawn Baker is the U.S. Agency for International Development’s first chief nutritionist, a role he told Devex he is particularly excited to take on in 2020 — a critical year for the global nutrition ...

02. March 2020

The Unfinished Agenda for Food Fortification in Low and Middle-Income Countries: Quantifying Progress, Gaps and Potential Opportunities

Large-scale food fortification (LSFF) is a cost-effective intervention that is widely implemented, but there is scope to further increase its potential. To identify gaps and opportunities, we first...

17. February 2020

Farewell to the God of Plague: Estimating the effects of China's Universal Salt Iodization on educational outcomes

This paper estimates the effects of China's Universal Salt Iodization (USI) policy in 1994 – the largest nutrition intervention policy in human history – on children's later-life educational outcomes....

08. January 2020

Report on the 2019 Consultation on Sustainable Prevention and Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders in Eastern and Southern Africa

Report written by Prof. Festo P. Kavishe, IGN Regional Coordinator for Eastern and Southern Africa, Dr. Isiye Ndombi, IGN Consultant, Carol Tom, IGN Consultant, John Maina Mwai, Food Fortification M...

09. December 2019

Optimal Assessment and Quantification of Iodine Nutrition in Pregnancy and Lactation: Laboratory and Clinical Methods, Controversies and Future Directions

Abstract: Iodine intake must be boosted during pregnancy to meet the demands for increased production and placental transfer of thyroid hormone essential for optimal foetal development. Failure to meet...

28. November 2019

Push to increase the supply and availability of iodized salt in the UK

A joint initiative of British Salt, British Thyroid Foundation, UK Iodine Group and the Iodine Global Network.

26. November 2019

The Mombasa Declaration on sustainable optimal iodine nutrition in Eastern and Southern Africa

We, the participants representing Governments and Salt Producers from Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia,...

22. November 2019

Iodine status of non-pregnant women and availability of food vehicles for fortification with iodine in a remote community in Gulf province, Papua New Guinea

Research article by: Janny M. Goris, Victor J. Temple, Joan Sumbis, Nienke Zomerdijk, Karen Codling

31. October 2019

New National Surveys in India

Two new national surveys in India confirm achievement of optimal iodine nutrition in all age groups.

29. April 2019

Kenya: Let's leverage food fortification for healthy outcomes

Today, nearly half of children born in urban and a quarter of those born in rural Kenya are likely to suffer brain and spinal cord defects due to folate (Vitamin B9) deficiency. Moreover, about a third of...

29. April 2019

USA: These Maine entrepreneurs want you to eat seaweed And love it

If you find yourself asking, “What’s Seaweed Week?” or more to the point, “Why should I care?” Josh Rogers can explain. Seaweed Week is his idea, dreamed up to highlight the many virtues of seaweed and...

26. April 2019

Ireland: Do you risk losing key nutrients by switching from milk to non-dairy alternatives?

Once we sloshed cow’s milk over our cereal but now it’s all about choice. But do we risk losing key nutrients by switching to non-dairy options, asks Sharon Ní Chonchúir. (...) Iodine is another...

22. February 2019

Kiwanis gives UNICEF $200,000 to fight IDD in Sudan

The Kiwanis Children’s Fund Board of Trustees has approved a US$200,000 grant to help UNICEF fight dangerously low levels of salt iodization in Sudan. Kiwanis International has been committed to...

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