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A review and meta-analysis of the impact of intestinal worms on child growth and nutrition

Hall, Andrew, Hewitt, Gillian, Tuffrey, Veronica and de Silva, Nilanthi 2008. A review and meta-analysis of the impact of intestinal worms on child growth and nutrition. Maternal & Child Nutrition 4 (s1) , pp. 118-236. 10.1111/j.1740-8709.2007.00127.x

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Abstract

More than a half of the world's population are infected with one or more species of intestinal worms of which the nematodes Ascaris lumbricoides, Trichuris trichiura and the hookworms are the most common and important in terms of child health. This paper: (1) introduces the main species of intestinal worms with particular attention to intestinal nematodes; (2) examines how such worms may affect child growth and nutrition; (3) reviews the biological and epidemiological factors that influence the effects that worms can have on the growth and nutrition of children; (4) considers the many factors that can affect the impact of treatment with anthelmintic drugs; (5) presents the results of a meta-analysis of studies of the effect of treating worm infections on child growth and nutrition; (6) discusses the results in terms of what is reasonable to expect that deworming alone can achieve; (7) describes some important characteristics of an ideal study of the effects of deworming; and (8) comments on the implications for programmes of recommendations concerning mass deworming.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Uncontrolled Keywords: intestinal worms; anthelmintics; children; growth; nutrition
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISSN: 1740-8695
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 06:16
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/57919

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