2018 Iron Deficiency Day: A Call to Develop a Better Understanding of Iron Deficiency
THE 2018 IRON DEFICIENCY DAY IS A CALL FOR PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD TO GET IRON- INFORMED AND TO UNDERSTAND WHY IRON IS IMPORTANT FOR THE BODY AND WHAT CAN HAPPEN IF IRON LEVELS ARE NOT PROPERLY MANAGED. IRON DEFICIENCY REMAINS AN UNDER-RECOGNISED AND UNDERESTIMATED CONDITION DESPITE ITS POTENTIALLY SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES AND RELATIVELY HIGH PREVALENCE.6, 7
Although iron deficiency can affect anyone, it is most prevalent in premenopausal women, pregnant woman and children under five years of age3. Iron deficiency, left untreated, can develop into iron deficiency anaemia. The effects of iron deficiency differ from person to person, but they can be linked to an overall decline in general health and well-being.13 Even without anaemia, iron deficiency can be debilitating, exacerbate an underlying chronic disease and lead to increased morbidity and mortality.4 If the condition develops, common symptoms include fatigue,5, 9, 10 pale skin,5 brittle nails,5, 11 craving non-food items such as dirt, clay and ice5, 12 and an inability to concentrate.9, 13 However, the symptoms of iron deficiency can manifest in different ways; they are hard to pinpoint and can be associated with a number of other health conditions.4,5 In children specifically, iron deficiency can significantly impair cognitive and motor development.14
Not recognising the symptoms of iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia is often the biggest contributor to not seeking – and receiving – a diagnosis.4 Learning to identify the symptoms is an important step towards finding the diagnosis. The new Iron Deficiency Day Symptom Checker will use animations to elucidate the effects of iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia in order to educate people in recognising the condition.
Dr. Diana Mansour, Consultant in Community Gynaecology and Reproductive Health Care and Head of Sexual Health Services at New Croft Centre in Newcastle, United Kingdom, said: “Iron deficiency affects so many women across the world and can have a significant impact on their health and quality of life. Maintaining iron levels is particularly important in pregnant women, as it can affect not only a woman’s health, but also the development of her unborn child. It is vital that we encourage women to recognise the symptoms of iron deficiency so that they can talk to their healthcare providers and start to access the support they need to manage their iron levels effectively.”
Prof Michal Matysiak, Department of Paediatrics, Haematology and Oncology, Medical University of Warsaw, Poland stresses the point that there’s a real need to raise awareness of the serious consequences of iron deficiency. “Even though it can have a major impact on a child’s development, iron deficiency remains underdiagnosed and undertreated. This disease is the number one nutritional deficiency globally. Greater awareness of iron deficiency and an understanding of its symptoms would help correct that problem.”
Vifor Pharma Group is a global pharmaceuticals company. It aims to become the global leader in iron deficiency, nephrology and cardio-renal therapies. The company is the partner of choice for pharmaceuticals and innovative patient-focused solutions. Vifor Pharma Group strives to help patients around the world with severe and chronic diseases lead better, healthier lives. The company develops, manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products for precision patient care. Vifor Pharma Group holds a leading position in all its core business activities and consists of the following companies: Vifor Pharma; Vifor Fresenius Medical Care Renal Pharma, a joint company with Fresenius Medical Care; Relypsa; and OM Pharma. Vifor Pharma Group is headquartered in Switzerland and listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange (SIX Swiss Exchange, VIFN, ISIN: CH0364749348). For more information, please visit www.viforpharma.com.
Iron Deficiency Day takes place every year on 26 November and is dedicated to:
- raising awareness of the serious public health problem iron deficiency poses.1
- highlighting the significant impact iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia can have on the lives of those living with it.1
- helping people recognise the common and often overlooked symptoms.
To help people around the world get iron informed, Iron Deficiency Day 2018 has developed a range of information and materials to help people understand iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia and a Symptom Checker to help people recognise the numerous but varied symptoms. The Symptom Checker lists the main symptoms associated with iron deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia and brings them to life with an animated character, to further explain each symptom.
Iron deficiency is very common present in one-third of people around the world.2 It is most prevalent in premenopausal and pregnant women and children under the age of five.3 In Europe for example, iron deficiency affects up to 33% of pre-menopausal women, up to 77% of pregnant women, and up to 48% of children3. Iron deficiency is also frequently associated with chronic inflammatory diseases such as chronic heart failure, chronic kidney disease and irritable bowel disease.4
Iron is required throughout the body. It is essential for the production of red blood cells, and ensuring that the heart and skeletal muscles can function effectively.15 Iron also plays a vital role in fighting off infections and illness,16 maintaining energy levels16 and normal brain function.17 When the body’s available iron stores are low (iron deficiency) it can impact almost all aspects of life such as metabolism, mental and physical health, work productivity and even sexual function.5, 17 The World Health Organization states that iron deficiency can lead to a reduction of 30% in physical work output.18
For more information visit www.irondeficiencyday.com.
- Hassan, Tamer Hasan et al. “Impact of Iron Deficiency Anemia on the Function of the Immune System in Children.” Ed. Esaki M. Shankar. Medicine 95.47 (2016): e5395. PMC. Web. 12 June 2018.
- Peyrin-Biroulet L, et al. Guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of iron deficiency across indications: a systematic review. Am J Clin Nutr. 2015;102(6):1585-94.
- Hercberg S, et al. Iron deficiency in Europe. Public Health Nutr. 2007;4(2b).
- Cappellini MD et al. Iron deficiency across chronic inflammatory conditions: International expert opinion on definition, diagnosis, and management. Am J Hematol. 2017 Oct;92(10):1068-1078.
- Auerbach M, Adamson JW. How we diagnose and treat iron deficiency anemia. Am J Hematol. 2016;91(1):31-38.
- Thachil J. Iron deficiency: still under-diagnosed? Br J Hosp Med. 2015;76(9):528-532.
- Miller JL. Anemia: a common and curable disease. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Med. 2013 Jul; 3(7).
- Caramelo L, Mezzacasa A and Kassebaum NJ. Iron Deficiency. Understanding perceptions of sufferers and the general public. EHA 21st Annual Congress, 9-12 June 2016, Copenhagen, Denmark.
- Fernando B, et al. A guide to diagnosis of iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia in digestive diseases. World J Gastroenterol. 2009 Oct 7; 15(37): 4638-4643.
- Favrat, B., et al. (2014). Evaluation of a single dose of ferric carboxymaltose in fatigued, iron-deficient women--PREFER a randomized, placebo-controlled study. PLoS One 9(4): e94217. eCollection 2014. <
- Cashman MW, Sloan SB. Nutrition and nail disease. Clin Dermatol. 2010;28(4):420-5.
- Barton JC, et al. Pica associated with iron deficiency or depletion: clinical and laboratory correlates in 262 non-pregnant adult outpatients. BMC Blood Disord. 2010;10:9. doi:10.1186/1471-2326-10-9.
- Patterson A et al. Iron deficiency, general health and fatigue: Results from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. Qual Life Res. 2000;9:491-497.
- World Health Organisation. Nutritional anaemias: tools for effective prevention and control. 2017. Available at URL: http://www.who.int/nutrition/publications/micronutrients/anaemias-tools-prevention-control/en/. Last accessed: June 2018.
- Camaschella C. 2015. Iron‐deficiency anemia. N. Engl. J. Med. 372:1832–1843.
- Beard JL. Iron biology in immune function, muscle metabolism and neuronal functioning. J Nutr. 2001:568-580.
- Pinero DJ, Connor JR. Iron in the Brain: An Important Contributor in Normal and Diseased States. Neurosci. 2000;6(6):435-453.
- World Health Organisation. Iron deficiency anaemia. Assessment, prevention and control: A guide for programme managers. 2001. Available at URL: http://www.who.int/nutrition/publications/en/ida_assessment_prevention_control.pdf Last accessed: June 2018.
Head of Corporate Communications
Tel.: +41 58 851 80 87
For more than 50 years, Business Wire has been the global leader in press release distribution and regulatory disclosure.
Tilaa tiedotteet sähköpostiisi
Haluatko tietää asioista ensimmäisten joukossa? Kun tilaat mediatiedotteemme, saat ne sähköpostiisi välittömästi julkaisuhetkellä. Tilauksen voit halutessasi perua milloin tahansa.
Lue lisää julkaisijalta Business Wire
Axonics® Announces Publication of NICE Briefing10.12.2018 19:03 | Tiedote
Axonics Modulation Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AXNX), a medical technology company focused on the development and commercialization of novel implantable Sacral Neuromodulation (“SNM”) devices for the treatment of urinary and bowel dysfunction, announced today the publication of a Medtech Innovation Briefing by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (“NICE”) following a careful review of the innovations offered by the Axonics System. The NICE Medtech Innovation Briefing entitled: “Axonics rechargeable sacral neuromodulation system for overactive bladder and faecal incontinence,” describes published clinical evidence on the Axonics r-SNM System®, confirming efficacy as well as the potential positive economic impact that is possible by the use of the Axonics system in the United Kingdom. The Axonics r-SNM System is the first rechargeable Sacral Neuromodulation system approved for sale in Europe and commercially available to all hospitals and clinics in the U.K. for patients
The Largest Blockchain Conference in Asia to Be Held 30–31 January in Yokohama, Japan10.12.2018 18:00 | Tiedote
The Global Blockchain Association (Shimizu Building 6F, 3-19 Hayabusacho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President: Toshikazu Masuyama) is proud to host the largest blockchain conference in Asia: The Japan Blockchain Conference (JBC) – 2019 Yokohama, to be held on 30 and 31 January at Pacifico Yokohama. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181210005057/en/ The Japan Blockchain Conference (JBC) - 2019 Yokohama (Graphic: Business Wire) The conference will host top companies and organizations from Japan and abroad who represent the future of the rapidly growing blockchain space. This is the place where the leaders of blockchain and crypto can interact, form partnerships, and showcase their leading technologies and developments. We are actively looking for companies to join the best of the blockchain industry and exhibit at our conference. More details can be found here: http://japan-blockchain-c.com/en/ We welcome a wide range of
Global Payments’ TouchNet Business Named “Partner of the Year” by Ellucian10.12.2018 16:30 | Tiedote
Global Payments Inc. (NYSE: GPN), a leading worldwide provider of payment technology and software solutions is pleased to announce that its TouchNet business was named “Partner of the Year” by Ellucian, a provider of software and services that power higher education, at its Partner Forum reception during the annual EDUCAUSE Conference this year in Denver, CO. TouchNet was recognized for its collaborative efforts to deliver streamlined engaging, cloud-based, student commerce and credential solutions. This honor further demonstrates the depth and breadth of the TouchNet platform and its dedication to delivering software-driven and technology-enabled strategies to institutions of higher education. “TouchNet’s commitment to delivering maximum value enables Ellucian to consistently provide customers with best-in-class solutions, support and service,” said Chris Westfall, Vice President Partnerships Ellucian. “When you combine Ellucian’s feature rich technology and in-depth customer knowledg
CTS Engines Hires Tom Bode as Senior Vice President, Operations10.12.2018 16:00 | Tiedote
CTS Engines, the global leader for mature engine maintenance within the Aerospace & Defense industry, announced today that it had hired Tom Bode as its Senior Vice President, Operations. In his new role, Mr. Bode will be responsible for all operations, quality, and engineering functions, and will report to Vesa Paukkeri, CTS Engines’s President and COO. Since 2008, Mr. Bode has been the General Manager of the Columbus Engine Center for Pratt & Whitney, a company he joined in 2000. Prior to 2000, Mr. Bode worked at GE Aviation, where he was a quality and engineering leader. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181210005036/en/ Tom Bode (Photo: Business Wire) “As the General Manager of CEC, Tom managed over 700 employees across multiple engine production lines and reduced overhaul turnaround times through the promotion of Lean manufacturing principles,” said Mr. Paukkeri. “His performance as a manager was recognized
Tracxpoint Signed a Major Agreement to Deploy its Artificial Intelligence Cart (AiC®) Platform at CONAD, One of the Largest and Most Sophisticated Supermarket Chains in Italy with 3,000 Locations in Lieu of Amazon Go after Intensive Study10.12.2018 14:00 | Tiedote
Tracxpoint, a global provider of next-generation self-checkout grocery solutions, today announced an agreement to roll out its Artificial Intelligence Cart (AiC®) at CONAD DEL TIRRENO, one of the seven cooperatives of CONAD’s chain with more than 3,000 supermarket stores in Italy. This is a major milestone for the Israeli startup in its mission to establish the AiC® platform as the most powerful, accessible and comprehensive solution for self-checkout and personalized in-store engagement on the market today. CONAD DEL TIRRENO will start implementing the AiC® ecosystem during 2019. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181210005176/en/ The Tracxpoint AiC enables checkout-free stores and personalized in-store engagement for Italy's largest supermarket chain, CONAD. (Photo: Business Wire) In direct contrast to capital-intensive and smaller store concepts like Amazon Go or its imitators that rely on ceiling cameras for
Jetex Now the Exclusive Dealer in the Middle East for Hi-Tech New HondaJet10.12.2018 12:52 | Tiedote
Jetex is bringing the next-generation in advanced private jets to the Middle East after striking an agreement with Honda Aircraft Company to become the exclusive authorized dealer for the region. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20181210005273/en/ Adel Mardini of Jetex signs with Simon Roads of Honda Aircraft Company (Photo: AETOSWire) The deal means Jetex is now the manufacturer’s sole representative for the new HondaJet offering sales and support across the Gulf and Middle East region. “With Honda’s brand strength and recognition in the Middle East, we have received tremendous interest in the HondaJet Elite. We are proud to appoint Jetex as HondaJet Middle East to provide our customers with a committed sales team in the region for the world’s most advanced very light jet,” said Honda Aircraft President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “We are proud to be chosen by Honda Aircraft Company and excited to be awarded the r
Uutishuoneessa voit lukea tiedotteitamme ja muuta julkaisemaamme materiaalia. Löydät sieltä niin yhteyshenkilöidemme tiedot kuin vapaasti julkaistavissa olevia kuvia ja videoita. Uutishuoneessa voit nähdä myös sosiaalisen median sisältöjä. Kaikki STT Infossa julkaistu materiaali on vapaasti median käytettävissä.Tutustu uutishuoneeseemme