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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

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

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