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Iron status, malaria parasite loads and food policies: Evidence from sub-Saharan Africa.
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PMID:  22595491     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
This brief article investigates the consequences of improving children's iron status for malaria parasite loads by analyzing data from Cote d'Ivoire, Zambia, and Tanzania; the treatment of iron deficiencies has been argued to flare up malaria in under-nourished populations. The data from a randomized controlled trial in Cote d'Ivoire showed statistically insignificant effects of the consumption of iron-fortified biscuits on children's malaria parasite loads. Second, nutrient intakes data from Zambia showed insignificant correlations and associations between children's iron and folate intakes and malaria parasite loads. Third, malaria parasite loads did not change significantly for Tanzanian children receiving anthelmintic treatment; malaria loads were lower for older children and for those using bed nets. Overall, the evidence from sub-Saharan African countries suggests that small improvements in iron status achieved via suitable food policies are unlikely to have detrimental effects for children's malaria parasite loads.
Alok Bhargava
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-30
Journal Detail:
Title:  Economics and human biology     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-6130     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
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Created Date:  2012-5-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101166135     Medline TA:  Econ Hum Biol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
University of Maryland School of Public Policy, College Park, MD 20742-1821, USA.
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