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AN UPDATE FROM THE Field from the IODINE GLOBAL NETWORK
 
Food fortification could be the next global public health success story – if countries close the gaps
 
Data visualization tool identifies opportunities to reach 2 billion affected by hidden hunger.
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Introducing global #DataMaps on coverage of fortified foods like salt (below), as well as maize flour, wheat flour, and oil.
 
In Russia, finally, iodine nutrition gets backing
By Gregory Gerasimov
 
After years of intensive public health campaigning, a proposed bill would address iodine deficiency, and prevent child mental impairment.
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Iodized salt or sea salt: Which is better for you?
 
It is #SaltAwarenessWeek 2019. With the popularity of sea salt and other culinary salt on the rise, let’s dispel some myths.
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DON'T MISS THIS WEEK
Parentland: a new BBC podcast discusses iodine nutrition
The BBC World Service has launched a new global parenting podcast series. In a new episode, Prof. Michael Zimmermann (ETH Zurich and IGN) talks about how iodine nutrition affects the brain and cognitive ability during the earliest stages of child development.
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TWEET OF THE MONTH
IGN IN GLOBAL NEWS
The ‘Salt Queen’ working to transform the health of a nation. By Eliza Mackintosh. CNN. February 14, 2019.
 
The Menabe region, Madagascar, brings its grain of salt to households (in French). UNICEF press release. February 14, 2019.
 
Ending hidden hunger through one of the world’s most cost-effective interventions. The Life You Can Save. January 30, 2019.
IODINE IN THE NEWS
Russian Public Health Service supports the Ministry of Health's bill on salt iodization (in Russian).  Russian Information Agency. January 23, 2019.
NUTRITION IN THE NEWS
Cooking with numbers: lessons from a food economist. By Arif Husain. World Economic Forum. January 14, 2019.
 
A bit of meat, a lot of veg – the flexitarian diet to feed 10bn. By James Gallagher. BBC News. January 17, 2019.
 
National Micronutrient Survey launched in Somalia. Africa News. January 16, 2019.
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS:   THYROGLOBULIN
Thyroglobulin is markedly elevated in 6- to 24-month-old infants at both low and high iodine intakes and suggests a narrow optimal iodine intake range. Farebrother J, Zimmermann MB, Assey V et al. Published Online:13 Feb 2019.
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‘Narrow’ range for ideal iodine intake in weaning infants. Healio. January 24, 2019.
 
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