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Iron Supplementation Among Pregnant Kenyan Women Does Not Increase Malaria Risk, Improves Newborns’ Weight, Study Shows

VOA News: No Rise in Malaria Seen in Pregnant Women Getting Iron Supplements
“…[A] new study in Kenya found virtually no difference in malaria risk among pregnant women who took iron supplements and those who didn’t. Hans Verhoef, a clinical epidemiologist at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, led the study of 470 pregnant women, 60 percent of whom were anemic at the beginning. He said the extra iron given to half of those women increased the duration of their pregnancies and the weight of their newborns…” (Berman, 9/9).

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