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Anaemia doesn't predict iron deficiency among toddlers

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 30 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:0-f

Question Does screening toddlers for anaemia identify those with iron deficiency?

Synopsis An insufficient level of iron (which is used in more than 200 enzymes in the body) is associated with developmental disabilities in young children. Measuring serum haemoglobin as an indicator of anaemia is used to screen for iron deficiency in young children. The author of this cohort study evaluated the correlation between anaemia and iron deficiency by examining the findings of the national health and nutrition survey (NHANES, a stratified population sample performed across the United States), conducted between 1988 …

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