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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]