Iodine status of UK schoolgirls: a cross-sectional survey

@article{Vanderpump2011IodineSO,
  title={Iodine status of UK schoolgirls: a cross-sectional survey},
  author={Mark P J Vanderpump and J. Lazarus and P. Smyth and P. Laurberg and on behalf of the British Thyroid Association UK Iodin Group},
  journal={The Lancet},
  year={2011},
  volume={377},
  pages={2007-2012}
}
BACKGROUND Iodine deficiency is the most common cause of preventable mental impairment worldwide. It is defined by WHO as mild if the population median urinary iodine excretion is 50-99 μg/L, moderate if 20-49 μg/L, and severe if less than 20 μg/L. No contemporary data are available for the UK, which has no programme of food or salt iodination. We aimed to assess the current iodine status of the UK population. METHODS In this cross-sectional survey, we systematically assessed iodine status in… CONTINUE READING
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