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China stresses the safety of iodized salt on IDD Prevention Day
 
On May 15, China celebrated the 25th National IDD Prevention Day. This year’s theme translates as “Sharing a bright and healthy life with iodine”. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of the role of iodized salt in IDD prevention.
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EUthyroid warns: widespread lack of iodine threatens child brain development
 
On April 18, scientists from the EUthyroid group met in Poland to sign the 'Kraków Declaration on Iodine' to draw attention of policymakers to iodine nutrition across Europe.
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Caribbean “CRUISE” to estimate iodine status in the region
 
Nine Caribbean countries are taking part in the Caribbean Island Urinary Iodine and Salt Survey (CRUISE for short) led by IGN with support from UNICEF and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
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Universal salt iodization (USI) provides adequate iodine in the first 1000 days of life
Maria Andersson
 
The recently published SIMPLIFY study shows that universal salt iodization provides sufficient iodine to pregnant and breastfeeding women, and weaning infants, with important implications.
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LATS supports monitoring of salt iodization on World Thyroid Day (WTD)
 
25 May, 2018
To celebrate World Thyroid Day (WTD), the Latin American Thyroid Society (LATS) has published a statement in support of universal salt iodization and monitoring efforts to ensure optimal iodine for the population of Latin America.
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Raising awareness of iodine deficiency with a poetry anthology
 
Last year, the Iodine Global Network collaborated on an anthology which brought together the realms of poetry and science. Following a successful launch, we’re catching up with the editor, Callan Waldron-Hall.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
The 10th World Salt Symposium
Park City, Utah, U.S. 19-21 June, 2018.

IGN and Kiwanis International will hold two Technical Sessions dedicated to salt iodization. Speakers will include IGN Partners: GAIN, UNICEF, and Nutrition International
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Achieving optimal iodine nutrition
Newcastle, UK. 15 September, 2018.

An IGN Satellite Meeting dedicated to iodine nutrition will take place before the 41st Annual Meeting of the European Thyroid Association (ETA) in Newcastle, UK. A detailed agenda is in preparation.
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CONGRATULATIONS
IGN Recognition
Mabel Bernal de Mas, IGN's National Coordinator in Panama, received a commemorative plaque in recognition of her long-standing work and leadership in national efforts to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders (IDD). Thanks to her efforts and collaboration with salt producers, Panama has scaled up its salt iodization program and achieved the elimination of IDD.
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Prof. Creswell Eastman receives the Order of Australia Award. Video of the investiture ceremony for the Order of Australia Award (January 2018). Fast forward to 5:44 to see IGN's Prof. Creswell Eastman receive the honor. Published: May 3, 2018.
 
Professor Levente Diosady receives Engineers Canada’s highest honour. By Carolyn Farrell. University of Toronto Engineering News, April 25, 2018.
IGN IN GLOBAL HEADLINES
Iodine deficiency comes back to Vietnam. Source: Xinhua. Xinhuanet [China], May 26, 2018.
 
Adding iodine to salt could help children reach full academic potential. By Charles Hymas. The Telegraph [UK], May 25, 2018.
 
Two organizations target iodine deficiency in developing countries. By Katherine Parks. BORGEN Magazine, April 4, 2018.
IODINE in GLOBAL HEADLINES
Salt producers told to add iodine or risk losing licence. By Sok Chan. Khmer Times [Cambodia]. May 16, 2018.
 
Azerbaijan’s Food Safety Agency to control quality of salt, grain. Source: Trend News Agency [Azerbaijan]. May 11, 2018.
 
Almond milk lacks iodine: warn experts. Source: AAP. SBS News [Australia], May 1, 2018.
 
Professor Hanington's Speaking of Science: Why do they iodize salt? By Gary Hanington. Elko Daily Free Press, April 28, 2018.
NUTRITION NEWS
A sodium-balanced diet is well worth its salt, say experts. By Anastasia Miari. The National [United Arab Emirates], April 5, 2018.
RESEARCH
Effects of iodized salt and iodine supplements on prenatal and postnatal growth: a systematic review. Jessica Farebrother, Celeste E Naude, Liesl Nicol, Zhongna Sang, Zhenyu Yang, Pieter L Jooste, Maria Andersson, Michael B Zimmermann. Advances in Nutrition, 1 May 2018, 9(3): 219–237. doi: 10.1093/advances/nmy009
 
Preconception Health Series from the Lancet Journals.
1. Intervention strategies to improve nutrition and health behaviours before conception by Mary Baker et al.

2. Before the beginning: nutrition and lifestyle in the preconception period and its importance for future health by Judith Stephenson et al.

The Lancet, 5 May 2018, 391(10132).
 
Regression analysis to identify factors associated with household salt iodine content at the sub-national level in Bangladesh, India, Ghana and Senegal. Jacky Knowles, Roland Kupka, Sam Dumble, Greg S. Garrett, Chandrakant S. Pandav, Kapil Yadav, Baitun Nahar, Ndeye Khady Touré, Esi Foriwa Amoaful, Jonathan Gorstein. Nutrients 2018, 10(4), 508; doi.org/10.3390/nu10040508
 
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