Pregnant women or currently breastfeeding should include iodine in their diet for ensuring normal development of the brain of their babies. Iodine helps in production of hormones that are important for brain development in children. According to the American Thyroid Association, despite the fact that iodine is present in most table salts, many people still suffer from deficiency of iodine.
"Women who are childbearing age need to pay attention to this topic as well, because about half of the pregnancies in the U. S. are unplanned. Women in the early part of the pregnancy may not realize they’re pregnant", said Dr. Jerome Paulson, chairperson of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health.
Measles in US has reached a record since the disease was eliminated in this country 14 years ago. We now have 288 cases of the potentially deadly infection reported in 18 states, per CDC. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease that affects young children, causing fever, a runny nose, a cough and a distinctive rash all over the body. A person with measles is contagious for four days before the symptoms are apparent.
The largest measles clusters are in Ohio (138 confirmed cases), California (60) and New York (26), according to the CDC.
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The biggest outbreak is centered in the Amish community in Ohio, where many of the residents are unvaccinated. Vaccinate and save your child’s life.
Children under the age of five are getting better nutrition across all regions of the world. The global proportion of underweight children has steadily declined from 25 percent in 1990 to 15 percent today.
In 1990, about 35,000 children under the age of five were dying every day. Over the last twenty years, childhood mortality has almost been cut in half. The decrease can be attributed to a range of factors including better nutrition and an increase in immunization rates for measles.