1st February 2013: Should iodine become the next 'folic acid' for pregnant women?

Women are advised in many countries to take folic acid tablets if planning a pregnancy and to keep them during early pregancy to reduce the risk of neural tube defects, but the taking of iodine supplements is not routine.

Lack of iodine affects the production of thyroid hormones which are crucial for the development of the brian and nervoous system.  In severs cases, mental retardation can results.  This article from the Science Network of Western Australia, highlights the concerns.

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