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Iron Supplements May Help Blood Donors Recover More Quickly

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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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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Pediatricians Issue New Iron Guidelines

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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