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Emerging data from research conducted over the past 15 years suggest a possible link between low maternal iodine status and increased risk of ADHD in the offspring. According to a report published in 2004, 11 of 16 children born to women living in a moderately iodine-deficient region in Italy developed ADHD compared to no offspring from the 11 control mothers living in a marginally iodine-deficient region (Vermiglio etal 2004).

On the other hand, another group of researchers investigated whether T4 levels at birth could represent a biomarker for later development of ADHD and found that all newborns in the sample had T4 within the normal range and no correlation between values and risk could be demonstrated (Soldin 2002, Soldin et al 2003). This evidence invalidated TSH levels as a biomarker of risk, but does not disprove a link between iodine and ADHD, as earlier studies found that those newborns who later developed

ADHD were all euthyroid at birth (Vermiglio et al 2004).

Although further investigation is required to clarify these observations, they have provided a new avenue for ADHD research.

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