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Posted 10 Feb 2015 by Drugs.com
TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 – Low-dose iron supplements speed blood donors' recovery of iron and hemoglobin, an iron-rich protein that carries oxygen in red blood cells, new research shows. "This study highlights the importance of maintaining iron levels after blood donation, and shows that supplemental iron effectively restores hemoglobin, even in donors with higher iron levels," according to principal investigator Dr. Joseph Kiss, medical director of the Institute for Transfusion Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. The study included 215 adult blood donors at four blood donation centers in the United States. Blood donors are allowed to give one pint of blood every eight weeks, but about 25 percent to 35 percent of donors develop iron deficiency. This can lead to fatigue and anemia, and make people temporarily ineligible to donate blood, the study authors pointed out in a news ... Read more
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Posted 5 Oct 2010 by Drugs.com
TUESDAY, Oct. 5 – The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a report that outlines new guidelines concerning the iron needs of infants and children. The report also details new procedures for identifying and following up on signs of iron deficiency and iron anemia – procedures that rely not just on a single test, but rather a combination of screening techniques. "Iron deficiency remains common in the United States," report co-author Dr. Frank Greer, a former chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics committee on nutrition, said in an AAP news release. "And now we know more about the long-term, irreversible effects it can have on children's cognitive and behavioral development. It's critical to children's health that we improve their iron status starting in infancy." "Ideally, we would prevent iron deficiency and iron-deficiency anemia with a diet consisting of foods that are ... Read more
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