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Anemia

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

  • 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 [...]

  • Low Vitamin D Tied to Anemia Risk in Kids

    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

    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

    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

    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 [...]

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