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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.

Anemia News

  • 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 [...]

  • Iron Supplements May Help Blood Donors Recover More Quickly

    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 [...]


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