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Reference ranges of iron status parameters established for adults are not suitable to define iron status in preterm infants, a new article indicates. The study authors state that iron therapy in preterm infants should be individually adjusted based on iron status parameters from cord blood concentration ranges to enable optimal growth and development.

Iron appears to have a detrimental effect on the survival of certain types of ovarian cancer cells, a new scientific study finds. Researchers studied the effect of ferric ammonium citrate (FAC) on ovarian cancers cells containing mutations in the Ras gene. They found that these cells were more sensitive to FAC than cancer cells without these mutations, exhibiting a marked decrease in growth and cell survival.

Adolescent females with heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) experience greater fatigue than their healthy counterparts, new data indicates. This does not appear to be linked to differences in iron status, though major limitations of the study design, including low participant numbers and significant confounding factors, make interpretation of these results difficult.

Healthy pregnant women taking iron treatments throughout their pregnancy are less likely to be iron deficient by the time of delivery, a new study indicates. The study also suggests that the detection and correction of iron deficiency in the early stages of pregnancy could reduce the risk of developing iron deficiency by the end of the gestational period.

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