Effect of iodine excess on physical and intellectual growth of Chinese children

J. J. Jupp, J. K. Collins, L. Nemitschenko, S. C. Boyages, G. F. Maberly, Li Mu, C. J. Eastman, Liu Derun, Zhang Chunde, Wang Huaixing, Jia Qingzhen, Qu Chengi, Qian Qidong, Zhang Peiying

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    Asssessments of physical and intellectual development were obtained from children in iodine excess and iodine normal villages. These were compared with assessment of intellectual development from a city reference sample. Goitre incidence, thyroid gland volume and urinary/ creatinine ratio were higher in the high iodine village. Children from the high-iodine village had a lower mean serum triiodothyronine and higher free thyroxine and serum thyroid-stimulating hormone concentration than the children from the central village. However, all children from both villages were euthyroid. Growth and intellectual performance were similar for children from both villages. A significant rural suppression effect on IQ was found.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)71-77
    Number of pages7
    JournalAustralia and New Zealand Journal of Developmental Disabilities
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 1988

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