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Zinc and iron supplementation promote motor development and "exploratory behavior" in Bangladeshi infants, according to a study published in the October American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Two-hundred twenty-one infants were randomly assigned to receive either 20 mg of iron, 20 mg of zinc, a combination of the two, a micronutrient mix of 16 vitamins and minerals or riboflavin weekly for six to 12 months. Maureen Black, University of Maryland-Baltimore, et al., assessed development and behavior at six- and 12-month endpoints using the Bayley Scales of Infant Development II and the Home Observation Measurement of Environment scale. Iron and zinc administered individually or in combination demonstrated beneficial effects on infant motor development and orientation-engagement...
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