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Few Sickle Cell Patients Receiving Beneficial Drug, Study Finds

April 28, 2015

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, April 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Few U.S. adults with sickle cell anemia are getting a recommended medication that can help them manage pain, breathing problems and other debilitating symptoms, according to a new study.
Using a national database, researchers found that less than one-quarter of sickle cell patients who should have […]

Benefits of Iron Supplements Unclear for Pregnant Women, Young Children

March 31, 2015

By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, March 31, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Taking iron supplements during pregnancy doesn’t appear to significantly change any health outcomes for mom or baby, a new review shows.
A second review — this one on infants and toddlers — found no evidence that iron supplements improved growth or development.
Both conclusions come from a […]

Iron Supplements May Help Blood Donors Recover More Quickly

February 10, 2015

TUESDAY, Feb. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Low-dose iron supplements speed blood donors’ recovery of iron and hemoglobin, an iron-rich protein that carries oxygen in red blood cells, new research shows.
“This study highlights the importance of maintaining iron levels after blood donation, and shows that supplemental iron effectively restores hemoglobin, even in donors with higher […]

New Guidelines for Sickle Cell Disease

September 10, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An expert panel has issued new guidelines for managing sickle cell disease, stressing the use of the drug hydroxyurea and transfusions for many with the genetic disorder.
“This is a major step forward to try to put together all of the evidence and try to highlight […]

Anemia Treatments Don’t Boost Recovery From Brain Injury, Study Finds

July 1, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who suffer a severe head injury often develop anemia, but aggressively treating the blood condition may do more harm than good, a new clinical trial suggests.
Experts said the findings, reported July 2 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, were disappointing: Treating anemia […]

Low Vitamin D Tied to Anemia Risk in Kids

October 22, 2013

TUESDAY, Oct. 22 (HealthDay News) — Children with low levels of vitamin D may be at increased risk for anemia, according to a large new study.
Researchers analyzed blood samples from more than 10,400 children and found that vitamin D levels were consistently lower in youngsters with anemia, a condition involving lower-than-normal levels of red blood […]

Anemia Might Raise Dementia Risk, Study Suggests

July 31, 2013

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) — Older adults suffering from anemia — lower than normal red blood cell levels — may be at increased risk for dementia, a new study suggests.
Anemia affects as many as 23 percent of seniors, the researchers say.
“We found a 60 percent increased risk of dementia with […]

Iron Supplements May Prevent Anemia During Pregnancy

June 21, 2013

FRIDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) — Taking iron supplements during pregnancy reduces women’s risk of anemia and is linked with an increase in birth weight and a reduced risk of low birth weight, a new analysis finds.
Researchers examined more than 90 studies that included a total of nearly 2 million pregnant women and found that […]

Transfusions With Heart Surgery Might Raise Infection Risk

May 30, 2013

THURSDAY, May 30 (HealthDay News) — Patients who receive a red blood cell transfusion during or after heart surgery may be at greater risk for infection, according to a new study.
However, the use of platelets during transfusions does not appear to carry a similar risk. Limiting red blood cell use could result in fewer major […]

Loss of Key Blood Cell Gene Tied to Anemia, Animal Research Suggests

November 7, 2012

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7 (HealthDay News) — Scientists have discovered a new gene, known as Atpif1, that enables the body to make hemoglobin — the protein in red blood cells that is responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood.
In their study, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston revealed that loss of this critical blood […]


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