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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

  • 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 [...]

  • New Guidelines for Sickle Cell Disease

    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

    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 [...]


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