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World Sickle Cell Day Raises Awareness
Created by a United Nations resolution in 2008, World Sickle Cell Day was created to increase awareness of the genetic disease called sickle cell anemia.
Sickle Cell Trait Improved by Regular Exercise
Regular physical activity benefits the body in many ways, from weight loss to improved blood pressure. Those with the sickle cell trait might find an added benefit -- longevity and fewer complications. Unlike sickle cell disease, a painful inherited condition in which red blood cells are an abnormal crescent shape, those with the sickle cell trait inherit only one copy of the disease and have a mixture of normal and misshapen red blood cells. They tend to suffer from an increased risk of sickness and higher death rate. Ask your doctor about exercise if you suffer from sickle cel...
Merck Reports Phase III Results With Vicrelis
Merck announced final results from a Phase III, open-label study designed to compare the impact of two anemia management strategies on sustained virologic response ( SVR ) in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus ( HCV ) genotype 1 infection treated with VICTRELIS  ( boceprevir ) in combination with PEGINTRON  ( peginterferon alfa-2b ) and ribavirin (P/R).
FDA Green Lights Anemia Drug Omontys
U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials have approved Omontys ( peginesatide ), a drug administered through monthly injections to treat anemia in patients with chronic kidney disease.
Taking the Guesswork out of Sickle Cell
For some patients, sickle cell disease is a debilitating disease full of painful complications. Until recently it was tough to identify which patients were at risk for the most serious complications.
Transfusions After Birth Don't Help Much
Women who lose a lot of blood while giving birth may end up with acute postpartum anemia. A blood transfusion can help them feel a little less tired but may not be necessary.
Sickle Cell Prevention Key to Stroke Reduction
In the late 1990s there was a striking disparity among the number of black children who died of stroke as compared to white children. Black children were 74 percent more likely to die of a stroke, because of the higher prevalence of sickle cell anemia in that population.
Anemia After Stroke Equals Bad News
Following a stroke, suffering from anemia could prove to be a fatal combination. Stroke survivors who suffer from anemia are nearly three times more likely to die the first year after a stroke.
Fewer Blood Transfusions Needed After Surgery
Blood transfusions during surgery are common, especially for elderly patients. Doctors say the problem is they may be too common.
Novartis Drug Shows Reduction of Iron Overload
Results from THALASSA , the first pivotal placebo-controlled study examining the benefit of iron chelation with Exjade ( deferasirox ) in patients with non-transfusion-dependent thalassemia ( NTDT ), show that Exjade can significantly reduce iron overload. These data were presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in San Diego.