Anemia Basics

Is Anemia A Running Epidemic?

The Basics of Iron-Deficiency Anemia Anemia is also sometimes called iron-poor blood. Without adequate iron, your body cant produce enough hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the rest of the body. Women are at higher risk for this type of anemia, because it can be brought on by heavy menstrual periods or pregnancy. Iron-deficiency anemia may also be a result of a poor diet or internal bleeding. Find out more about iron-deficiency and anemia and what to do about it. What Is Your Anemia Risk?
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Acceleron, Celgene Vs. Amgen In The Anemia Drug Race

2 percent) and considerably lower vitamin D levels overall, but their anemia risk didn’t rise until their vitamin D levels dropped far lower than those of white children. The racial difference in vitamin D levels and anemia suggests that current therapeutic targets for preventing or treating these conditions may warrant a further look, the researchers say. “The clear racial variance we saw in our study should serve as a reminder that what we may consider a pathologically low level in some may be perfectly adequate in others, which raises some interesting questions about our current one-size-fits-all approach to treatment and supplementation,” says lead investigator Meredith Atkinson, M.D., M.H.S., a pediatric kidney specialist at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Untreated, chronic anemia and vitamin D deficiency can have wide-ranging health consequences, including organ damage, skeletal deformities and frequent fractures, and lead to premature osteoporosis in later life. Long known for its role in bone development, vitamin D has recently been implicated in a wide range of disorders. Emerging evidence suggests that low vitamin D levels may play a role in the development of certain cancers and heart disease and lead to suppressed immunity, the researchers note.
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Low Vitamin D Levels Raise Anemia Risk in Children

The two general categories of measurement, alluded to above, are red blood cell count and iron status. In the past it was believed that anemia was rampant among athletes because they often exhibit low blood hemoglobin concentrations. But an important 1992 study by South African researchers dismissed this phenomenon as a harmless pseudo-anemia caused by the expansion in blood volume that results from exercise training a beneficial adaptation that increases the bodys thermoregulatory capacity and its capacity to transport oxygen to the working muscles. The balance of evidence does indicate that iron deficiency is more common in endurance athletes than in the general population; however, it seems that only in a small minority of cases do iron-deficient endurance athletes exhibit symptoms of anemia. A 1996 study by Turkish researchers found no link between changes in iron status and performance in a group of female athletes. This may indicate that iron deficiency in endurance athletes does not always have the same meaning in athletes as it does in non-athletes, much as low hemoglobin often means different things in the two populations. RELATED: Are You Consuming Enough Minerals?
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This deters doctors, especially since anemic patients make up a small portion of their clientele. There are an estimated 1 million late-stage CKD patients with anemia in the U.S., and less than 20 percent are treated with ESAs prior to starting on dialysis. Prevalence of CKD has increased dramatically in the past 20 years, from 10 percent of the U.S. adult population (approximately 20 million adults) as surveyed by the National Health and Nutrition Evaluation Survey for the years 1988-1994, to 15 percent in the same survey for 2003-2006. 15 percent amounts to about 30 million adults. In 2009, total Medicare costs for CKD patients were $34 billion, a major burden on the healthcare system. By the Thalassaemia International Federation’s estimate around 7 percent of the global population carries an abnormal hemoglobin gene and over 300,000 children are born with clinically significant hemoglobin disorders annually.
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Commemorative FSU footballs on sale, with funds going to Kidz 1st Fund

(January 1, 2014) Rawlings is producing 5,000 officially-licensed BCS title game footballs to raise funds for the Kidz 1st Fund, which goes to research for Fanconi Anemia , a rare blood disease. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher s son Ethan has Fanconi Anemia. Fisher, along with his wife Candi, created the Kidz 1st Fund in 2011. The footballs encrypted with FSUs 2013 schedule and results, along with information on FSUs 1993 and 1999 championship teams can be purchased for $99. Orders can be placed by calling 1-800-345-2868 or visiting http://www.nikcosports.com .
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