Widespread lack of iodine threatens brain development in children, scientists warn.
Iodine is a micronutrient critical for children’s brain development – which, according to scientists, impacts 50% of all new-borns in Europe who do not reach their full cognitive potential due to iodine deficiency.
Iodine deficiency disorders (IDDs) represent a global health threat to individuals and societies. The adverse effects of iodine deficiency are diverse and impose a significant burden on public healthcare systems. Although this fact is well established, IDD prevention programs receive surprisingly little attention from policy makers, opinion leaders and the public.
European researchers investigating IDDs under the umbrella of the Horizon2020 research and innovation action EUthyroid (Project ID: 634453) are increasingly concerned about the deteriorating commitment of policymakers to address iodine deficiency in Europe. They have therefore initiated in a multi-stakeholder approach the Krakow Declaration on Iodine to call on policymakers, public health officials and scientists to join forces to ensure that existing strategies to prevent IDD are implemented across Europe.
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