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Mineral deficiency exposes 19 million babies a year to brain damage risk

Scientists warn lack of iodine leaves 14% of newborns vulnerable to impaired mental development

  • Hannah Summers
  • The Guardian

A lack of iodine in pregnancy and early childhood puts nearly 19 million babies around the world at risk of permanent but preventable brain damage every year, a new report has warned.

Defe 1aInsufficient iodine during pregnancy can adversely affect neurological and psychological development, reducing a child’s IQ by eight to 10 points.

More broadly, widespread iodine deficiency can diminish the…

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