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Four children have died since June from overdoses of iron tablets, an important health supplement for pregnant women and one of the deadliest poisons that can strike toddlers, county health officials said Wednesday. Officials said the four deaths represented an unusually high number of poisonings of this kind. In each case, the lethal doses of iron were ingested from common, commercially produced prenatal tablets recommended for pregnant women.
September 3, 1987 | BETSY BALSLEY, Times Food Editor
The biggest surprise was how neat and uncomplicated this ancient method of cooking is. No, come to think of it, that wasn't the biggest surprise. The biggest surprise was the upscale food that came from these old-fashioned cooking utensils. When was the last time you sampled a lemon meringue pie or a baked Alaska cooked in a cast-iron pot set on a layer of hot coals? It's likely that even the most ardent camper would not have been prepared for the downright elegant food that a group of Dutch oven experts produced from their heavy iron pots during the recent annual Great American Dutch Oven Cookoff in Logan, Utah.
July 30, 2006 | Evelyn Iritani, Times Staff Writer
Rich Rojeski is mulling over his exit strategy. Maybe a second career selling machinery? What about home prices in Arizona? Rojeski isn't the only one at Hibbing Taconite Co. practicing his golf swing and surfing the Internet for real estate in warmer climates. Already this year, four colleagues in the maintenance department have retired and at least two others are poised to follow.
April 23, 2010 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Volcano ash can wreck jet engines, poison freshwater lakes and damage lungs. But it helps fertilize oceans, volcano researchers and marine chemists say. "The ocean is gonna be happier" because of the Iceland eruption, said Ken Johnson, senior scientist with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute. "Plants will grow more" — although how much more, he said, is unclear. About 30% of the oceans are what scientists call iron-limited — rich in many nutrients but missing iron, a crucial trace element for plants.
May 31, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Did ancient Egyptians prize meteorites so much that they turned them into jewelry? A new study of a 5,000-year-old iron bead hints that the rocky fragments that fell from the sky may have held a special place in the ancient civilization. The findings published in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science center around one of the small, tube-shaped beads pulled from tombs in the Gerzeh cemetery on the Nile's western bank, dating from 3600 BC to 3350 BC. Researchers have long wondered whether the metal in the iron beads had alien origins.
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