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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 [...]


Severe Anemia Linked to Higher Death Risk After Heart Surgery

October 4, 2012

THURSDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) — Anemia is a risk factor for complications and death following heart surgery, and elective heart surgeries should be delayed to treat moderate to severe anemia, a new study suggests.
In the study, Italian researchers compared the outcomes of 401 adult heart surgery patients with severe anemia and 401 heart surgery [...]


Elelyso Approved for Gaucher Disease

May 1, 2012

TUESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) — Elelyso (taliglucerase alfa) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a long-term enzyme replacement therapy for people with a rare genetic disorder called type 1 Gaucher disease.
People with the disorder don’t produce enough of an enzyme called glucocerebrosidase. This causes the buildup of fatty lipids [...]


Omontys Approved for Anemic People With Kidney Disease

March 27, 2012

TUESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) — Omontys (peginesatide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat anemia in adults who require dialysis due to chronic kidney disease.
Anemia is characterized by a lack of enough healthy red blood cells. The newly approved drug is designed to stimulate bone marrow to produce more [...]



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