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Iron-deficiency anemia in Nunavik: pregnancy and infancy

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Source
Pages 135-140 in R. Fortuine et al., eds. Circumpolar Health 96. Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Anchorage, Alaska, 1996. Int J Circumpolar Health. 1998;57 Supp 1.
Publication Type
Article
Date
1998
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Author
Hodgins, S.
Dewailly, E.
Chatwood, S.
Bruneau, S.
Bernier, F.
Author Affiliation
Nunavik Regional Board of Health and Social Services, Kuujjuaq, PQ, Canada
Source
Pages 135-140 in R. Fortuine et al., eds. Circumpolar Health 96. Proceedings of the Tenth International Congress on Circumpolar Health, Anchorage, Alaska, 1996. Int J Circumpolar Health. 1998;57 Supp 1.
Date
1998
Language
English
Geographic Location
Canada
Publication Type
Article
Digital File Format
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Physical Holding
University of Alaska Anchorage
Keywords
Canada
Helicobacter pylori
Inuit
Iron-deficiency anemia
Nunavik
Pregnancy
Abstract
PURPOSE: This paper documents the problem of iron-deficiency anemia in the Inuit region of Nunavik, in Northern Quebec, particularly among pregnant women and infants. It also addresses the issue of Helicobacter pylori gastritis as a possible cause of anemia in this population. METHOD: Data on anemia in pregnancy are from routinely collected prenatal records. Data on anemia in infants are drawn from blood samples collected for a study on the impact of environmental contaminants. Helicobacter serologies were done on cord-blood specimens from 100 consecutive births screened for contaminant exposure. For comparison, serologies were done on a series of cord-blood specimens from 99 births in Southern Quebec. RESULTS: By term, 40% of pregnant women in Nunavik are anemic (Hgb
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