New Website highlights the serious impact of Iron Deficiency
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IronDeficiency.com – a new global website – has been launched today to provide patients, carers and healthcare professionals around the world with a comprehensive source of information about the causes, effects and symptoms of iron deficiency.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), iron deficiency is the most common and widespread nutritional disorder in the world1. It is a debilitating condition with a number of adverse side effects, including tiredness, neurocognitive impairment and immune dysfunction2. It has also been shown to have a negative impact on a number of other diseases and chronic conditions such as chronic kidney disease2,3 or congestive heart failure4.
According to the WHO, iron deficiency:
The aim of the website is to raise awareness about iron deficiency among specialists and the general public. It will:
An immediate focus will be on women’s health, looking at the importance of iron for general wellbeing and covering issues such as heavy menstrual bleeding and childbirth. Additional sections will be added throughout the year to cover areas including cardiology, gastroenterology, oncology, nephrology and patient blood management. The new website will complement existing educational sites targeted at professionals: IronTherapy.org and ID-education.com.
IronDeficiency.com was launched at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ Global Congress (RCOG) in India. The first version of the site is in English, with Spanish, Portuguese, French and German versions scheduled to be launched during 2014.
Link to website: http://www.irondeficiency.com
Vifor Pharma, a company of the Galenica Group, is a world leader in the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of pharmaceutical products for the treatment of iron deficiency. The company also offers a diversified portfolio of prescription medicines as well as over-the-counter (OTC) products. Vifor Pharma, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, has an increasingly global presence and a broad network of affiliates and partners around the world.
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accessed on March 2014)
2. Clark SF Nutr Clin Pract 2008; 23; 128 DOI: 10.1177/0884533608314536
3. Post JB Int Urol Nephrol. 2006; 38:719–723
4. Okonko DO J Am Coll Cardiology 2011; Vol. 58, No. 12, 2011
5. WHO global database of anaemia, 1993–2005
6. WHO meeting report. Preconception care to reduce maternal and childhood mortality and
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