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Dr. Kamala Guttikonda

Endocrine Research Fellow

Westmead Hospital

HQ Phone: +61 2 9845 5555

Email: g***@***.au

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Westmead Hospital

Hawkesbury Rd

Westmead, New South Wales 2145


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Westmead Hospital is a specialised tertiary referral hospital for the western metropolitan area, which has a population of 1.5 million people and 15 local government areas. The District is also home to a significant Aboriginal community, with 1.4% of West ... more

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The Courier-Mail: Schoolchildren 'lack key nutrient' [05oct03]

www.thecouriermail.news.com.au [cached]

"(In conjunction with two previous studies) this suggests that iodine intake in mainland Australia has halved over a 10-year period," authors Kamala Guttikonda, Cheryl Travers, Peter Lewis and Steven Boyages wrote.

Dr Guttikonda, an endocrine research fellow at Westmead Hospital, said iodine deficiency was the world's single most common cause of preventable mental retardation and brain damage.
"While goitre is perhaps the best known effect of iodine deficiency, it can also have a deleterious effect on the developing brain of the foetus, ranging from mild brain dysfunction to irreversible intellectual impairment," Dr Guttikonda said.
Despite the high number of children found to have low urinary iodine levels, Dr Guttikonda said the study discovered no evidence of goitre - enlarged thyroid glands most often caused by a lack of dietary iodine.

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