A cross-sectional analytical study of geophagia practices and blood metal concentrations in pregnant women in Johannesburg, South Africa.

@article{Mathee2014ACA,
  title={A cross-sectional analytical study of geophagia practices and blood metal concentrations in pregnant women in Johannesburg, South Africa.},
  author={Angela Mathee and Nisha Naicker and Tahira Kootbodien and Tshepo Mahuma and Palesa Manthabiseng Nkomo and I Bhaskar Naik and Thea de Wet},
  journal={South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde},
  year={2014},
  volume={104 8},
  pages={
          568-73
        }
}
BACKGROUND Geophagia, a form of pica, has been shown to be widely practised in sub-Saharan Africa, especially among pregnant women. OBJECTIVE To assess the prevalence of geophagia and examine exposure to selected metals and associated risk factors in women attending an antenatal clinic at Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa, during June and July 2010. METHODS We conducted a cross-sectional study on a convenience sample of 307 pregnant women, ranging in age… CONTINUE READING

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