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Anemia is a decrease in normal number of red blood cells (RBCs) or less than the normal quantity of hemoglobin in the blood. However, it can include decreased oxygen-binding ability of each hemoglobin molecule due to deformity or lack in numerical development as in some other types of hemoglobin deficiency. The three main classes of anemia include excessive blood loss (acutely such as a hemorrhage or chronically through low-volume loss), excessive blood cell destruction (hemolysis) or deficient red blood cell production (ineffective hematopoiesis). Anemia is the most common disorder of the blood. There are several kinds of anemia, produced by a variety of underlying causes. Anemia can be classified in a variety of ways, based on the morphology of RBCs, underlying etiologic mechanisms, and discernible clinical spectra, to mention a few.
Anemia protects children against blood-stage malaria in Africa, UNC study finds

Anemia protects children against blood-stage malaria in Africa, UNC study finds

Iron deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the world and causes long-term adverse consequences in children. [More]
Scientists examine association between hearing loss and iron deficiency anemia

Scientists examine association between hearing loss and iron deficiency anemia

In a study published online by JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, Kathleen M. Schieffer, B.S., of the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, Pa., and colleagues examined the association between sensorineural hearing loss and conductive hearing loss and iron deficiency anemia in adults ages 21 to 90 years in the United States. [More]
FDA awards accelerated approval to new ovarian cancer drug

FDA awards accelerated approval to new ovarian cancer drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today granted accelerated approval to Rubraca (rucaparib) to treat women with a certain type of ovarian cancer. [More]
Research finds link between p53 pathway and ribosome biogenesis, nucleotide metabolism in DBA

Research finds link between p53 pathway and ribosome biogenesis, nucleotide metabolism in DBA

Diamond Blackfan Anemia (DBA) is a condition that is characterized by a failure of the bone marrow to produce red blood cells, congenital abnormalities, and a predisposition to cancer. [More]
Brazilian researchers propose new way for treating thalassemia major

Brazilian researchers propose new way for treating thalassemia major

Iron accumulation in myocardial cells, potentially resulting in heart failure or fatal arrhythmia, is one of the complications most feared by patients with thalassemia major, a hereditary disease also known as Mediterranean anemia. [More]
HealthTrender Anemia launched in India by HemoCue®

HealthTrender Anemia launched in India by HemoCue®

Launch of HemoCue® HealthTrender Anemia, empowering you with the tools and insight to fight anemia, presented at the Sweden Embassy in New Delhi. [More]
Combination treatment produces better outcomes in erythropoietin-refractory MDS patients, study shows

Combination treatment produces better outcomes in erythropoietin-refractory MDS patients, study shows

Patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) suffer from a reduction in the number of different types of blood cells, including red blood cells leading to the development of anemia. [More]
Special article outlines recommended strategies to prevent Zika from blood transfusion

Special article outlines recommended strategies to prevent Zika from blood transfusion

As the Zika epidemic spreads to the United States, the potential for contracting the disease via blood transfusion has emerged as a serious concern. [More]
Scientists discover molecular link between rare childhood genetic disease and major cancer gene

Scientists discover molecular link between rare childhood genetic disease and major cancer gene

A team of researchers led by a University of Rhode Island scientist has discovered an important molecular link between a rare childhood genetic disease, Fanconi anemia, and a major cancer gene called PTEN. [More]
Iron deficiency: an interview with Dr Thierry Teil

Iron deficiency: an interview with Dr Thierry Teil

Iron deficiency is, in fact, one of the most common nutritional disorders. It affects between three and five billion people, which is between half and two-thirds of the world population (about seven billion). Iron deficiency anemia is a subset of iron deficiency, that is about two billion people according to the WHO... [More]
Experts develop new method to quantify syncytial knots in placenta

Experts develop new method to quantify syncytial knots in placenta

Identifying potential risk factors that may harm placental development is a primary objective of pregnancy screenings. To help ensure healthy pregnancies and, in turn, healthy newborns, researchers and clinicians continue to develop new and innovative testing methods to monitor fetal development. [More]
UI research may help raise awareness and reduce practice of ‘rainbow draw’

UI research may help raise awareness and reduce practice of ‘rainbow draw’

University of Iowa researchers have shown that most of the extra vials of blood drawn for lab tests never get used and are instead discarded. [More]
High-altitude dwellers prone to chronic mountain sickness produce huge amounts of red blood cells

High-altitude dwellers prone to chronic mountain sickness produce huge amounts of red blood cells

To better understand why some people adapt well to life at high altitude while others don't, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine studied red blood cells derived from representatives of both groups living in the Andes Mountains. [More]
FDA approves expanded use of systemic therapy for treating chronic moderate-to-severe pediatric psoriasis

FDA approves expanded use of systemic therapy for treating chronic moderate-to-severe pediatric psoriasis

Amgen today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the supplemental Biologics License Application for the expanded use of ENBREL (etanercept), making it the first and only systemic therapy to treat pediatric patients (ages 4-17) with chronic moderate-to-severe plaque psoriasis. [More]
Yale researchers use new gene editing technique to correct mutations that cause thalassemia

Yale researchers use new gene editing technique to correct mutations that cause thalassemia

A Yale-led research team used a new gene editing strategy to correct mutations that cause thalassemia, a form of anemia. [More]
Many ulcerative colitis patients with anemia do not receive testing and treatment, study reports

Many ulcerative colitis patients with anemia do not receive testing and treatment, study reports

Many patients with ulcerative colitis don't receive recommended testing and treatment for the common problem of iron deficiency anemia, reports a study in the October issue of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, official journal of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer. [More]
Novel ‘gene therapy in a box’ could effectively deliver modified blood stem cells

Novel ‘gene therapy in a box’ could effectively deliver modified blood stem cells

A table-top device that enables medical staff to genetically manipulate a patient's blood to deliver potential new therapies for cancer, HIV and other diseases would eliminate the need for multi-million-dollar "clean rooms," making gene therapy more possible for even the poorest of countries. [More]
Network of proteins linked to cancer may play vital role in male fertility

Network of proteins linked to cancer may play vital role in male fertility

Researchers studying reproductive science identified a network of proteins often linked to cancer as also important to male fertility and the birth of healthy offspring, according to a study in the Oct. 18 online issue of Cell Reports. [More]
EKF Diagnostics’ novel diabetic biomarker test successfully externally verified

EKF Diagnostics’ novel diabetic biomarker test successfully externally verified

EKF Diagnostics, the global in vitro diagnostics company, announces that its newly introduced Glycated Serum Protein (GSP) LiquiColor® diabetic biomarker test has been verified for use on the Siemens Vista chemistry analyzer. [More]
High folate intake may increase risk of peripheral neuropathy in older adults with common gene variant

High folate intake may increase risk of peripheral neuropathy in older adults with common gene variant

Consuming too much folate (vitamin B9) is associated with increased risk for a nerve-damage disorder in older adults who have a common genetic variant. [More]
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