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Could Low Iron Intake During Pregnancy Raise Autism Risk?

Posted 22 Sep 2014 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Sept. 22, 2014 – It's something every pregnant woman wonders: What can I do to help ensure a healthy baby? New research suggests that taking iron supplements as prescribed may play a role in reducing the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The researchers found that mothers of children with autism were significantly less likely to have taken iron supplements before and during pregnancy than those whose children seem to be developing normally. The study authors also discovered that mothers 35 years of age and older who had low iron intake had a five times greater risk of having a child with autism. Others at that higher level of risk were women with metabolic conditions, such as obesity, high blood pressure or diabetes. For all participants, having a healthy amount of dietary and supplemental iron appeared to generally reduce the risk of autism, which is ... Read more

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Iron Deficiency May Raise Stroke Risk

Posted 20 Feb 2014 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Feb. 20, 2014 – Low iron levels can raise your risk of stroke by making your blood more sticky, a new study indicates. Investigators looked at data from nearly 500 people with a rare hereditary disease that causes them to have enlarged blood vessels in the lungs. Typically, blood vessels in the lungs don't allow clots to enter the arteries. But in these patients, clots can escape the lungs, travel to the brain and cause a stroke. Those who had an iron deficiency had stickier platelets – which are small blood cells that trigger clotting when they stick together – and were more likely to suffer a stroke, according to the researchers at Imperial College London in the U.K. Even those with moderately low iron levels were about twice as likely to suffer a stroke as those with iron levels in the middle of the normal range, according to the study published Feb. 19 in the journal ... Read more

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Health Tip: Need Extra Iron?

Posted 30 Jan 2014 by Drugs.com

-- Iron is an essential mineral that's usually found in a healthy, balanced diet. It helps the blood circulate oxygen throughout the body Some people, including pregnant or menstruating women, need more iron than others and are at greater risk of not getting enough. The U.S. National Institutes of Health says these people are at increased risk of iron deficiency: Pregnant women. Preterm or low birth-weight babies. Teen girls. Women of childbearing age, particularly those with heavy menstruation. People in renal failure, notably those requiring dialysis. People who do not properly absorb iron from foods or supplements. Read more

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Low Iron in Brain a Sign of ADHD?

Posted 2 Dec 2013 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Dec. 2, 2013 – A newer MRI method can detect low iron levels in the brains of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The method could help doctors and parents make better informed decisions about medication, a new study says. Psychostimulant drugs used to treat ADHD affect levels of the brain chemical dopamine. Because iron is required to process dopamine, using MRI to assess iron levels in the brain may provide a noninvasive, indirect measure of the chemical, explained study author Vitria Adisetiyo, a postdoctoral research fellow at the Medical University of South Carolina. If these findings are confirmed in larger studies, this technique might help improve ADHD diagnosis and treatment, according to Adisetiyo. The method might allow researchers to measure dopamine levels without injecting the patient with a substance that enhances imaging, she said. ... Read more

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FDA Approves Injectafer for Iron Deficiency Anemia

Posted 29 Jul 2013 by Drugs.com

Shirley, NY (July 25, 2013) - American Regent Inc., a subsidiary of Luitpold Pharmaceuticals Inc., is pleased to announce that Injectafer (ferric carboxymaltose injection) has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. Injectafer is a parenteral iron replacement product used for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia (IDA) in adult patients who have intolerance to oral iron or have had an unsatisfactory response to oral iron.  Injectafer is also indicated for iron deficiency anemia in adult patients with non-dialysis dependent chronic kidney disease (NND-CKD). “We are pleased with the FDA’s approval of Injectafer as the first high dose non-dextran IV iron indicated to treat adult patients with iron deficiency anemia in a broad patient population. Iron deficiency anemia is a serious health condition which results in a diminished quality of life for those patients it affl ... Read more

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Iron Supplements May Prevent Anemia During Pregnancy

Posted 21 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, June 21 – Taking iron supplements during pregnancy reduces women's risk of anemia and is linked with an increase in birth weight and a reduced risk of low birth weight, a new analysis finds. Researchers examined more than 90 studies that included a total of nearly 2 million pregnant women and found that daily iron supplements significantly reduced women's risk of anemia during pregnancy. Anemia during the first or second trimester was associated with a significantly higher risk of low birth weight and preterm birth, according to the study, which was published online June 20 in the journal BMJ. In addition, the investigators found that for every 10 milligram increase in iron dose per day (up to 66 mg), mothers had a 12 percent lower risk of anemia, birth weight increased by 15 grams and the risk of low birth weight fell by 3 percent. The World Health Organization recommends that ... Read more

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Iron Dosing Tricky for Dialysis Patients: Study

Posted 20 Jun 2013 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, June 20 – Large doses of intravenous iron increase kidney dialysis patients' chances of developing a serious infection, but smaller doses given less frequently do not raise the risk, a new study shows. Dialysis patients often develop anemia and must be given intravenous treatments of iron to correct the condition. Intravenous iron, however, can promote bacterial growth and weaken the immune system, putting patients at increased risk for infections. This is the first large study to examine how different intravenous iron dosing regimens might affect this risk. Researchers analyzed data from more than 117,000 dialysis patients who were followed for three months. Of these patients, 12 percent received a large amount of iron over a short period of time (bolus dosing); 49 percent received smaller, less frequent amounts of iron (maintenance dosing); and 38 percent received no iron. ... Read more

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Health Tip: Slumping Iron?

Posted 3 Apr 2013 by Drugs.com

-- If your blood doesn't have enough healthy oxygen-carrying red blood cells, it may be because you aren't getting enough iron in your diet. The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says common symptoms of iron-deficiency anemia include: Tiredness. Shortness of breath. Headaches or dizziness. Cold hands and feet. Unusually pale skin. Chest pain. Read more

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Health Tip: Get More Iron

Posted 27 Mar 2013 by Drugs.com

-- Iron is an essential nutrient, but many people (especially women of childbearing age and adolescent girls) do not get enough iron. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests ways to get more iron in your diet: Spinach salad topped with sirloin. Scrambled eggs and ham. Bran cereal paired with grapefruit. Whole wheat toast with a side of papaya. A peanut butter sandwich on whole-wheat bread paired with an orange. Read more

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FDA Medwatch Alert: Ferrous Sulfate Tablets, 325 mg Labeled as Rugby Natural Iron Supplement: Recall - Bottle May Contain Meclizine HCl 25 mg Tablets

Posted 21 Jan 2013 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: Advance Pharmaceutical Inc. notified the public of a recall of one lot of Ferrous Sulfate Tablets 325 mg, after notification by a pharmacist that a bottle of Ferrous Sulfate Tablets, 325 mg contained Meclizine HCl 25 mg tablets. The lot of the Rugby Ferrous Sulfate is 12G468. Expiration date for the lot is 07/14. The lot was manufactured and packaged in 100 count bottles by Advance Pharmaceutical Inc. under the label of Rugby NATURAL IRON SUPPLEMENT Ferrous Sulfate – see Product Photo page. Meclizine toxicity may lead to dose-related serious adverse events, including impaired alertness, drowsiness, confusion, low blood pressure, coma, and respiratory depression. Without supportive treatment meclizine toxicity has the potential to be life-threatening. BACKGROUND: Taking Meclizine HCl 25 mg as Ferrous Sulfate 325 mg may cause serious side effects to those who consume alcohol or oth ... Read more

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Babies Born to Obese Mothers May Have Low Iron: Study

Posted 12 Jul 2012 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 12 – Obese women who become pregnant may give birth to babies with low levels of iron, a new study reveals. The findings suggest that overproduction of an iron-regulating hormone, known as hepcidin, can interfere with the transfer of iron from an obese woman to her unborn child. Children born with iron deficiency are at greater risk for developmental delays in their motor and thinking skills, the researchers noted. The study was released online in advance of publication in an upcoming print issue of the Journal of Perinatology. "The data on the impact of low maternal iron levels on the fetus comes from undernourished populations," the study's first author, Dr. Sarbattama Sen, a neonatologist at Tufts Medical Center and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine, said in a university news release. "To the best of our knowledge, ours is the ... Read more

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Mothers' Stress Could Cause Iron Deficiency in Newborns

Posted 30 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 30 – Stress experienced by a mother during the first trimester of pregnancy can lead to iron deficiency in her newborn, putting the infant at risk for physical and mental development delays, a new study says. Iron is important in organ-system development, especially for the brain. Risk factors for iron deficiency in newborns include iron deficiency and diabetes in their mothers, as well as smoking during pregnancy. Preterm birth, low birth weight and multiple pregnancy are also well-known risk factors for low iron. This is the first study to suggest that stress experienced by mothers early in pregnancy is another risk factor for iron deficiency in newborns, according to the researchers. For the study, researchers looked at Israeli women who lived in an area where more than 600 rocket attacks took place during their first trimester of pregnancy. This stress group was ... Read more

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CDC: Americans' Levels of Vitamins, Nutrients Basically OK

Posted 2 Apr 2012 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, April 2 – Most Americans have good levels of vitamins A and D and folate – a B vitamin – but some groups of people need to increase their levels of vitamin D and iron, according to a federal report released Monday. The study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also found that rates of vitamin and nutrient deficiencies vary by age, gender and race/ethnicity, and can be as high as 31 percent for vitamin D deficiency among blacks. The study results were based on measurements of vitamins and nutrients in blood and urine samples collected between 1999 and 2006 from participants in the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. "These findings are a snapshot of our nation's overall nutrition status," Christopher Portier, director of CDC's National Center for Environmental Health, said in an agency news release. "Measurements of blood and urine levels ... Read more

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Low Iron Levels May Increase Blood Clot Risk

Posted 15 Dec 2011 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 15 – Low levels of iron in the blood are associated with an increased risk of dangerous blood clots that form in a vein, according to the results of a new study that included patients with an inherited blood vessel disease. The findings suggest that treating iron deficiency may help prevent the condition known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT), according to the researchers at Imperial College London in England. DVT typically occurs in the legs and can cause pain and swelling, and can be fatal if a blood clot dislodges and travels into the blood vessels of the lungs. Major surgery, immobility and cancer are recognized risk factors for blood clots, but there is no clear cause in many cases. The new study included 609 patients with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), a genetic disease of the blood vessels that causes excessive bleeding from the nose and gut. Many HHT ... Read more

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