Anemia Drugs May Not Boost Kidney Patients’ Well-Being: Study

February 15, 2016

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Feb. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) — The pricey anemia drugs often given to people with chronic kidney disease may make no difference in how they feel day to day, a new research review confirms.
Researchers said the study results back up current guidelines on how to use the drugs, called erythropoietin-stimulating agents […]

Preventable Ills Cause Nearly 8 Million Childhood Deaths Globally

January 25, 2016

MONDAY, Jan. 25, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Most of the nearly 8 million deaths of children and teens around the world in 2013 were avoidable, a new report says.
More than 6 million children younger than 5 lost their lives because of treatable conditions like malaria, diarrhea and respiratory tract infections, according to pediatric researchers who’ve […]

Sickle Cell Drug Doesn’t Relieve Pain Crises: Study

December 8, 2015

TUESDAY, Dec. 8, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The anti-clotting drug prasugrel does little to reduce the risk of pain crises in children with sickle cell disease, a new study shows.
The research included 341 patients in 13 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. About half took prasugrel (Effient) for between nine […]

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 […]

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