Neural Development and the Impact of Early Iron Deficiency
Jan. 9, 2009
John Beard, MD
Distinguished Professor of Nutritional Sciences
The Pennsylvania State University
Early life iron deficiency likely has lifelong consequences due to morphologic and biochemical alterations in neural development. Changes in myelin, hippocampus, and monoamine metabolism are clearly related to brain iron deficits. Current data demonstrate persistent effects into adulthood.
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