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Vitamin A deficiency in children drops from 39% to 29% between 1991 and 2013 in low- and middle-income countries

A new pooled analysis of population surveys has shown that vitamin A deficiency among children in 138 low- and middle-income countries has fallen by slightly over one quarter in 22 years between 1991 and 2013.



Expert Opinion

Lipid-based micronutrient supplementation shown to be effective in reducing stunting in newborn babies in Bangladesh

Expert Opinion

Professor Kathryn Dewey of the Nutrition Department of the University of California, Davis, was the principal investigator of a cluster-randomized controlled effectiveness trial in Bangladesh which demonstrated that a small, lipid-based micronutrient supplement could help reduce stunting in newborn babies.



Low folate levels during pregnancy could lead to children with smaller brains and poorer cognition
February 08, 2016 - 

A new study involving 256 Dutch children aged six to eight years has shown that low pre-natal folate status leads to reduced brain volume and reduced intelligence.

Zinc supplementation can improve the blood serum lipid profile with the potential to reduce the incidence of atherosclerosis
February 01, 2016 - 

A new meta-analysis and systematic review has shown that daily average zinc supplementation of 39 mg per day can be effective in lowering blood levels of the key dyslipidemia biomarkers LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol and triglycerides. It was particularly effective in patients with existing cardiovascular disease.

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