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19m Babies Risk Brain Damage Due To Lack Of Iodine – UNICEF

19m Babies Risk Brain Damage Due To Lack Of Iodine – UNICEF

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Nearly 19 million babies born globally every year are at risk of permanent yet preventable brain damage and reduced cognitive function due to lack of iodine in the earliest years of life. A UN-backed report released yesterday said the figure represents 14 per cent of the total global population of children, according to UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Senior Nutrition Adviser, Roland Kupka.  The report from UNICEF and its partner, the Global Alliance of Improved Nutrition (GAIN), noted that insufficient iodine during pregnancy and infancy resulted in neurological and psychological deficits, reducing a child’s IQ by eight to 10 points. “The nutrients a child receives in the earliest years of life influence their brain development for life, and can make or break their chance of a prosperou