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Pregnancy iodine level warning

Pregnant women and those planning to have children should ensure adequate iodine intake, according to the authors of a new report.

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Iodine levels in mothers linked to children's IQ scores

Adjusting the results for external factors likely to affect these scores, such as parental education and breast-feeding, researchers found children of women in the iodine-deficient group were significantly more likely to have low scores of verbal IQ, reading accuracy and reading comprehension.

The lower the mother's concentration of iodine, the lower were the average scores for IQ and reading ability in the children.

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