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Malnutrition can cause brain development problems

A senior pediatrician in Uganda claims that 40% of the children are malnourished with 5-10% being mentally retarded. Malnutrition is frequently undiagnosed in this country. He claims that malnutrition is linked to brain development and can cause permanent mental retardation. Kwashiorkor is often followed by brain damage. Late diagnosis of malnutrition can cause irreversible damage. Malnutrition can also affect behavior and mental function. Breast feeding is recommended for the first six months of an infant's life instead of feed supplements.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by All Africa

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About: Malnutrition can cause brain development problems

Date: 8 December 2004

Source: All Africa

Author: Pere Thomas


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