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Time is of the essence for reducing the long-term effects of iron deficiency
Iron deficiency is a worldwide problem, especially in developing countries and among infants and pregnant women. In infancy, iron deficiency is associated with poorer cognitive, motor, and social-emotional outcomes. In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers report on a 25-year follow-up of infants studied in Costa Rica for iron deficiency. (2013-06-28)

Extra iron doesn't help many pregnant women
Although universal prenatal supplementation with iron is recommended, an extra intake of iron does not noticeably benefit pregnant women, except when they are anemic. This was observed by researchers of the Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp and colleagues who followed more than a thousand pregnant women in Burkina Faso. (2011-03-11)

New study links excessive iron in cells with AMD, other diseases
A new study from the University of Kentucky describes a new molecular mechanism that contributes to age-related macular degeneration due to accumulation of excessive iron within the cells of the retina. (2015-06-11)

Study sheds new light on role iron biology plays in disease
New research shows that the body's system for regulating iron is much more complex than originally thought--and this has surprising implications in at least three human diseases, according to a new study by University of Alberta biologists. (2019-11-29)

Forging iron women
A new University of Melbourne study has found that women who take iron supplements experience a marked improvement in their exercise performance. (2014-04-10)

How nitrogen-fixing bacteria sense iron
New research reveals how nitrogen-fixing bacteria sense iron - an essential but deadly micronutrient. The findings are an important piece in the puzzle of how life deals with iron, a nutrient it cannot do without but one it must also avoid having in excess. (2019-09-17)

Supply and demand
In a study published today in Cell Metabolism, scientists at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg, Germany, have discovered that a group of proteins called IRPs ensure that iron balance is kept and as such are essential for cell survival. More specifically, they found that IRPs are required for the functioning of mitochondria, the cell's energy factories. (2010-08-04)

Findings may advance iron-rich, cadmium-free crops
With news reports of toxic, cadmium-tainted rice in China, a new study describes a protein that transports metals in certain plants and holds promise for developing iron-rich but cadmium-free crops. (2014-06-11)

Study finds potential link between alcohol and death rates
Heavy drinking causes iron loading which puts strain on vital organs, research finds. (2018-07-12)

Reexamining iron's role in heart disease
Chemically modified forms of the LDL are thought to serve as the direct source of cholesterol in atherosclerotic plaques, but the nature of the chemical modification that converts native LDL to an atherogenic species in vivo is a matter of much debate. The potential importance of iron in this aspect of atherogenesis has been suggested frequently, with mixed support from the epidemiological evidence. (2001-06-12)

Give children iron supplements: They don't increase malaria risk
Iron supplements do not increase the likelihood of contracting malaria and should not be withheld from children at risk of the disease, despite World Health Organization guidelines to the contrary, a new review by Cochrane Researchers suggests. (2009-07-07)

Study: Iron consumption can increase risk for heart disease
A new study from the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington has bolstered the link between red meat consumption and heart disease by finding a strong association between heme iron, found only in meat, and potentially deadly coronary heart disease. (2014-04-23)

Core work: Iron vapor gives clues to formation of Earth and moon
One of the world's most powerful radiation sources provides scientists clues about Earth's formation and how iron vaporizes. (2015-03-02)

Iron in the blood could cause cell damage, say researchers
Concentrations of iron similar to those delivered through standard treatments can trigger DNA damage within 10 minutes, when given to cells in the laboratory. This is the finding of scientists from Imperial College London, who suggest that researchers need to look carefully at the amount of iron given in standard treatments, such as tablets and infusions, and the effects this could be having on the body. (2016-02-11)

UCLA and biotech company develop first blood test to measure key hormone that regulates iron
UCLA and Intrinsic LifeSciences, a San Diego biotech company, developed the first method to measure the hormone, hepcidin, which regulates the absorption of dietary iron and its distribution in the body. This new blood test will help clinicians manage chronic conditions affecting millions of people worldwide such as anemias and iron overload diseases. (2008-08-08)

Experiment sheds new light on prehistoric ocean conditions
An international research team modeled the prehistoric ocean to study the reduction of iron. The team's findings may reinterpret the conditions under which iron-rich sedimentary rock was formed. (2018-03-09)

U of Minnesota-led study reveals mysteries of deep-sea nutrients
Iron dust, the rare but necessary nutrient for most life, can not only be washed into the ocean from rivers or blown out to sea, but it can bubble up from the depths of the ocean floor, a new study led by a University of Minnesota scientist shows. (2009-02-08)

Worldwide mission to solve iron deficiency
A University of Adelaide researcher will lead an Australian project to help address the world's biggest nutritional deficiency -- lack of iron. (2008-06-10)

Fading ability to taste iron raises health concerns for people over age 50
People lose the ability to detect the taste of iron in drinking water with advancing age, raising concern that older people may be at risk for an unhealthy over-exposure to iron, scientists are reporting in results they term (2011-08-17)

Compound stems damage from brain bleeding
A compound that blocks iron-containing enzymes in the brain improves recovery following brain hemorrhage, a new study in rodents shows, and it works in an unexpected way. (2016-03-02)

Potential new target for drugs to treat iron deficiency and overload discovered
The discovery of a major player in the body's regulation of iron levels should provide a new target for drugs that prevent common iron deficiency as well as rare, potentially deadly iron overload, researchers said. (2010-01-28)

Study compares risk of anaphylaxis among marketed IV iron products
Cunlin Wang, M.D., Ph.D., of the US Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md., and colleagues studied recipients of intravenous (IV) iron enrolled in the fee-for-service Medicare program from January 2003 to December 2013. The study appears in the Nov. 17 issue of JAMA. (2015-11-17)

See off Alzheimer's with the color purple
Eating purple fruits such as blueberries and drinking green tea can help ward off diseases including Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's, a University of Manchester report claims. (2010-12-08)

Study finds toolkit could improve detection and management of iron deficiency in pregnancy
Iron deficiency in pregnancy is a common problem that often goes unrecognized and untreated due to a lack of knowledge of its implications and competing clinical priorities. To enhance screening and management of iron deficiency in pregnancy, a research team at Toronto's St. Michael's Hospital developed a quality improvement toolkit, called IRON MOM. The implementation of IRON MOM resulted in increased rates of ferritin testing and decreased rates of anemia at St. Michael's obstetric clinics. (2019-08-20)

Iron deficiency in womb may delay brain maturation in preemies
Iron plays a large role in brain development in the womb, and new University of Rochester Medical Center research shows an iron deficiency may delay the development of auditory nervous system in preemies. This delay could affect babies ability to process sound which is critical for later language development in early childhood. (2009-05-04)

Iron supplementation can provide cognitive and physical benefits to anemic children
Giving daily iron supplements to anemic primary-school-aged children can have cognitive and physical benefits, according to a study published in CMAJ. (2013-10-15)

Dietary Determinants Of Iron Stores In A Free-Living Elderly Population: The Framingham Heart Study
Body iron stores in relation to diet were measured by the serum ferritin method in over 600 healthy elderly, aged 67-93 years. Iron stores are sustained in the aging population by dietary meat, ascorbic acid, and moderate alcohol intake, whereas coffee drinking has a negative effect. (1998-04-01)

Daily iron during pregnancy linked to improved birth weight
Taking iron daily during pregnancy is associated with a significant increase in birth weight and a reduction in risk of low birth weight, finds a study published on today. (2013-06-20)

Baicalin suppresses iron accumulation after substantia nigra injury
Findings published in Neural Regeneration Research indicate that baicalin down-regulated iron concentration, which positively regulated divalent metal transporter 1 expression and negatively regulated ferroportin 1 expression, and decreased iron accumulation in the substantia nigra. (2014-08-26)

Europe's most common genetic disease is a liver disorder
The exact origin of the genetic iron overload disorder hereditary hemochromatosis has remained elusive. In a joint effort, researchers from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the University of Heidelberg, Germany, have now discovered that HH is a liver disease. (2008-02-06)

Metal-eating microbes in African lake could solve mystery of the planet's iron deposits
An isolated, iron-rich bay in the heart of East Africa is offering scientists a rare glimpse back into Earth's primitive marine environment, and supports theories that tiny microbes created some of the world's largest ore deposits billions of years ago. (2015-09-09)

Imprecise iron supplementation can spur increase in Salmonella
Individuals who do not produce enough iron are anemic, and often experience fatigue. One common remedy is for physicians to prescribe an iron infusion to their anemic patients. This makes sense, but can lead to unexpected consequences like increasing the risk of food poisons such as Salmonella. These types of poisons depend on abundant access to iron. Physicians should be attuned to this dynamic when determining the strength of iron infusions for their anemic patients. (2017-06-26)

Maternal iron deficiency disrupts mother/child interaction
New mothers who are mildly iron deficient -- a common result of childbirth among women who don't take their vitamins -- are less emotionally available or in tune with their babies, a Penn State study has shown. (2005-04-05)

Rusty worms in the brain
A team led by Peter J. Sadler at the University of Warwick and Sandeep Verma of the Indian Institute of Technology has been able to show that transferrin can clump together to form wormlike fibrils, a process which may contribute to neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Huntington's or Alzheimer's. (2008-03-05)

Getting fit, getting enough iron boosts students' grades, study suggests
An analysis of 105 female college students showed those with the highest levels of stored iron and those with higher fitness levels had better grades than less-fit women with lower iron stores. (2017-01-25)

Treating nutritional iron-deficiency anemia in children
In a study published by JAMA, Jacquelyn M. Powers, M.D., M.S., of the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, and colleagues compared two medications, ferrous sulfate and iron polysaccharide complex, for the treatment of nutritional iron-deficiency anemia in infants and children. (2017-06-13)

Potential treatment for iron overload disorders
Multiple organs, including the liver and the heart, become damaged if an individual has an excessive amount of iron in their body. Treatments for iron overload are arduous and/or have severe side effects. Researchers have now generated data in mice that suggest that they have designed a promising new approach to reducing iron overload. (2011-11-01)

Pure iron grains are rare in the universe
Pure iron grains in interstellar space are far rarer than previously thought, shedding new light on the evolution history of matters in the universe. (2017-02-08)

Iron infusion proves effective to treat anaemia in Rural Africa
Iron-deficiency anaemia is a major concern in low-income settings, especially for women. In a new study by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) and partners published yesterday in The Lancet Global Health, researchers found that iron infusion was feasible, safe and, in contrast to the standard iron-deficiency anaemia treatment of oral iron tablets, highly effective in Tanzania. This is the first study to provide evidence of the benefits and safety of iron infusion in a low-income setting. (2020-11-25)

Doxorubicin-associated mitochondrial iron accumulation promotes cardiotoxicity
In this issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Hossein Ardehali and colleagues at Northwestern University determined that doxorubicin accumulates within the mitochondria of cardiomyocytes and this accumulation promotes mitochondrial ROS production and iron accumulation. (2014-01-02)

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