Ironing out Iron Consumption

In the news:
Jane E. Brody
New York Times
August 13, 2012
Light micrograph of a section of human liver affected by hemosiderosis, a condition characterized by the excessive deposition of iron in the liver and caused by a high dietary intake or following repeated blood transfusions. Iron is stored as hemosiderin in the Kuppfer cells and hepatocytes (liver cells) and causes liver cell death and cirrhosis. Here, some cells contain large quantities of iron which has been stained black. Acomparable condition, hemochromatosis, results from an inherited defect in iron metabolism and affects other organs in addition to the liver. Magnification: x100 at 35mm size.
Credit: Astrid & Hanns-Frieder Michler / Photo Researchers, Inc.


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