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Retention of iron by infants.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10940335     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Throughout the world, the most common nutritional deficiency disorder of infants is iron deficiency. Developing effective strategies for preventing iron deficiency requires detailed knowledge of iron retention under ordinary living conditions. For the adult population, such knowledge is at an advanced stage, but relatively little is known about infants. Many reports of iron retention by infants have been based on the assumption that, as in normal and iron-deficient adults, 80%-100% of newly absorbed iron is promptly incorporated into circulating erythrocytes, but this assumption is not supported by available data. This communication presents a review of iron retention by term and preterm infants, as determined by metabolic balance studies or (59)Fe whole-body counting studies, and it explores the relationship between iron retention and postnatal age, iron nutritional status, iron intake (or dose), and type of feeding.
S J Fomon; S E Nelson; E E Ziegler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annual review of nutrition     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0199-9885     ISO Abbreviation:  Annu. Rev. Nutr.     Publication Date:  2000  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-10-04     Completed Date:  2000-12-22     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8209988     Medline TA:  Annu Rev Nutr     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  273-90     Citation Subset:  IM    
Fomon Infant Nutrition Unit, Department of Pediatrics, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1083, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Anemia, Iron-Deficiency / prevention & control*
Erythrocytes / metabolism
Food, Fortified
Infant Food*
Infant Nutritional Physiological Phenomena*
Infant, Newborn
Infant, Premature
Iron Isotopes
Iron, Dietary / administration & dosage,  metabolism*,  therapeutic use
Milk, Human
Nutritional Status
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Iron Isotopes; 0/Iron, Dietary

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