Vitamin K should be considered in the growing list of micronutrients being added to foods to prevent deficiency diseases in children of poor nations, according to a new report.
In the February issue of the American Journal of Public Health, researchers from Brazil and the United States recommend that vitamin K supplementation in foods and possibly in BCG vaccine should be investigated to prevent severe hemorrhagic disease in newborns in the least developed nations. Severe hemorrhagic disease has a case fatality rate of 14%, but about 40% of infants who survive have long-term neurologic handicaps, the researchers noted.
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