Lancet study finds low iodine in UK pregnant women is associated with poorer IQ

On 22 May 2013, Group Members Dr Sarah Bath and Professor Margaret Rayman published a study that found an association between low iodine status in UK pregnant women and lower IQ and reading scores in children. The study received widespread media interest (Picture left shows Professor Rayman and Dr Bath, with co-authors Dr Emmett and Professor Golding, at the press release):

BBC News “Iodine deficiency ‘may lower UK children’s IQ’”

BBC NewsQ&A: Iodine deficiency”

Telegraph “Drink milk to increase child’s IQ, pregnant women told”

Independent “Mothers’ diets may harm IQs in two-thirds of babies”. This was on the front page of the print edition.

The Guardian “Enough iodine vital in pregnancy – study”

The Daily Mail “Women who drink organic milk in pregnancy could be harming their baby’s IQ”.

The Times “Mothers-to-be are warned that lack of iodine causes low IQ”

Nursing Times “Iodine deficiency among pregnant women ‘needs to be addressed’”

NHS Choices “Could a mother’s lack of iodine harm her child’s IQ?”