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Anemia is caused by a lack of red blood cells or hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein found in red blood cells. Anemia is most often due to a deficiency in iron, a key component of hemoglobin. (That’s why it is often treated with iron supplements). Anemia can be triggered by blood loss, a folic acid or vitamin B12 deficiency, sickle cell disease, and a genetic disorder called thalassemia, among other causes. In the U.S., 2% to 5% of women and 1% of men have iron deficiency anemia.

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Anemia News

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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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 [...][...]