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Fetal iron status

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Intervention trials are needed to determine whether iron supplementation early in neonatal life can reverse poor development linked to low fetal iron status, Tsunenobu Tamura, MD, et al., University of Alabama at Birmingham, report in recent Journal of Pediatrics. Researchers compared umbilical cord serum ferritin levels with test scores of mental, psychomotor development of 278 children at five years of age. "Children in the lowest cord ferritin quartile scored the worst on every test," with significantly lower scores on language auditory comprehension, fine motor skills, researchers say. Tamura et al. report no significant differences in test scores between highest ferritin quartile and two median quartiles, although full-scale IQ scores in highest quartile were slightly lower than median quartiles, warranting further research...
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