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Some 19 million newborns at risk of brain damage every year due to iodine deficiency – UN

Nearly 19 million babies born globally every year – 14 percent – are at risk of permanent yet preventable brain damage and reduced cognitive function due to a lack of iodine in the earliest years of life. This is according to a United Nations-backed report released Thursday. The report from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and its partner, the Global Alliance of Improved Nutrition (GAIN), notes that insufficient iodine during pregnancy and infancy results in neurological and psychological deficits, reducing a child’s IQ by 8 to 10 points. “The nutrients…

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