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The Lancet, Volume 370, Issue 9594, Pages 1194 - 1195, 6 October 2007
doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(07)61524-4Cite or Link Using DOI
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Effect of zinc supplementation on child mortality

Marzia Lazzerini aEmail Address
Malnutrition, including micronutrient deficiencies, is the leading risk factor for child mortality in low-income and middle-income countries. 1 About 30% of the world's population has zinc deficiency ( figure ). 2 , 3 This deficiency occurs because zinc is mainly contained in foods such as red meat that are expensive and in short supply in developing countries. 2 , 4 Moreover, zinc has no tissue reserves, unlike vitamin A and iron, and its turnover is rapid, especially during common gastrointestinal infecti ...
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a Department of Paediatrics, and Unit of Research on Health Services and International Health, Institute of Child Health, IRCCS Burlo Garofolo, 34100 Trieste, Italy
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