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.
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 7 (HealthDay News) — Scientists have discovered a new gene, known as Atpif1, that enables the body to make hemoglobin — the protein in red blood cells that is responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood. In their study, researchers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston revealed that loss of this critical blood [...]
THURSDAY, Oct. 4 (HealthDay News) — Anemia is a risk factor for complications and death following heart surgery, and elective heart surgeries should be delayed to treat moderate to severe anemia, a new study suggests. In the study, Italian researchers compared the outcomes of 401 adult heart surgery patients with severe anemia and 401 heart surgery [...]
TUESDAY, May 1 (HealthDay News) — Elelyso (taliglucerase alfa) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a long-term enzyme replacement therapy for people with a rare genetic disorder called type 1 Gaucher disease. People with the disorder don’t produce enough of an enzyme called glucocerebrosidase. This causes the buildup of fatty lipids [...]
TUESDAY, March 27 (HealthDay News) — Omontys (peginesatide) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat anemia in adults who require dialysis due to chronic kidney disease. Anemia is characterized by a lack of enough healthy red blood cells. The newly approved drug is designed to stimulate bone marrow to produce more [...]
THURSDAY, Feb. 2 (HealthDay News) – Greater use of certain types of treatments for kids with sickle cell anemia may explain why black children’s risk of ischemic stroke dropped significantly between 1999 and 2007, new research finds. The disparity in stroke-related deaths between black and white children also fell during that period. Prior to 1998, black children [...]