Margarida Maia, PhD, science writer —

Margarida is a biochemist (University of Porto, Portugal) with a PhD in biomedical sciences (VIB and KULeuven, Belgium). Her main interest is science communication. She is also passionate about design and the dialogue between art and science.

Articles by Margarida Maia

Iron supplements may cause side effects for EPP patients

Oral iron supplements may help people with erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP) build back their iron reserves and increase the levels of hemoglobin — the iron-containing protein that carries oxygen in red blood cells — a small study in Denmark suggests. However, even when taken at small doses over a short…

Rare HMBS gene mutation ID’d in Mexican woman with severe AIP

A rarely reported mutation in the HMBS gene was identified as the cause of recurrent, hard-to-treat episodes of acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) in a young Mexican woman, according to a case report. While it’s unclear whether the mutation is linked to a more severe clinical presentation, its identification “underscores…