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August 24, 2016

Hydroxyurea Improves Lung Function in Children With Sickle Cell Disease

May 18, 2016 — For the first time, researchers were able to demonstrate that children diagnosed with sickle cell disease showed improvement in lung function after treatment with hydroxyurea, a treatment that is ... read more

Drug-Like Peptides Show Promise in Treating 2 Blood Diseases

May 6, 2016 — Synthetic peptides called minihepcidins may potentially treat two serious genetic blood diseases in children and adults, new research suggests. Although those diseases, beta-thalassemia and ... read more

Apr. 27, 2016 — A protein called Musashi-2 regulates the function and development of important blood stem cells. This knowledge provides new strategies that can be used to control the growth of these cells -- cells ... read more

Developing a Faster-Acting Treatment for High-Altitude Affliction

Apr. 4, 2016 — Pulmonary edema is a significant risk for anyone spending time at high altitudes, and also affects people with chronic conditions including congestive heart failure. Researchers show an inhalable ... read more

Mar. 1, 2016 — Microfluidic platform developed for measurement of deformability and adhesion in physiological flow conditions from whole sickle cell disease patient blood ... read more

Severe Anemia Linked to Risk for Intestinal Disease in Premature Infants

Mar. 1, 2016 — Severe anemia, but not red blood cell transfusions, is associated with an increased risk for a potentially fatal intestinal condition in premature infants. The condition called necrotizing ... read more

Jan. 4, 2016 — For some children with sickle cell disease, the drug hydroxyurea is as effective as blood transfusions to reduce blood flow speeds in the brain, a national sickle cell disease study has found. ... read more

Nutritional Vitamin D Supplements Do Not Help Treat Anemia in Dialysis Patients

Dec. 18, 2015 — Vitamin D2 supplements taken for 6 months did not reduce dialysis patients’ need for anemia drugs that stimulate red blood cell production, report investigators at conclusion of the largest ... read more

Multiple Myeloma Drug Could Revolutionize Treatment for Sickle Cell Disease

Dec. 17, 2015 — An established drug for recurrent multiple myeloma might effectively be repurposed to improve the survival and day-to-day lives of patients with devastating sickle cell disease, according to new ... read more

Anti-Platelet Therapy Does Not Significantly Reduce Pain Crises in Sickle Cell Disease

Dec. 8, 2015 — Treatment with the antiplatelet agent prasugrel does not significantly reduce the rate of pain crises or severe lung complications in children with sickle cell disease, according to a report ... read more

New Technology May Standardize Sickle Cell Disease Screening for Infants

Dec. 7, 2015 — Researchers offer promising findings related to new technology aimed at facilitating early detection of sickle cell disease for infants in developing countries. Over half of babies born with sickle ... read more

Treatment for Sickle Cell Disease May Help Protect Patients' Kidney Function

Nov. 19, 2015 — After six months of treatment with hydroxyurea, sickle cell disease patients' kidney function, as measured by the urinary albumin/creatine ratio, improved significantly, report investigators at ... read more

Nov. 17, 2015 — Fingerprick blood tests are becoming more common, but a new study finds that fingerprick test results can vary significantly from drop to drop. The study found that as many as six to nine drops of ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — A team of biomedical engineers has developed a simple, inexpensive, and quick technique for the diagnosis and monitoring of sickle cell disease that can be used in regions where advanced medical ... read more

Nov. 3, 2015 — A bizarre result of a routine lab experiment has led researchers to an unexpected new way to trigger the production of red blood cells. This could represent a significant step forward in the battle ... read more

Why Cancer Anemia Treatment Leads to Tumor Growth

Oct. 15, 2015 — Scientists have shown why a drug widely used to treat chemotherapy-induced anemia in ovarian and breast cancer patients also may shorten survival times in some patients by inadvertently stimulating ... read more

Double Enzyme Hit May Explain Common Cancer Drug Side Effect

Oct. 12, 2015 — Many leukemias are caused by loss of the enzyme Pten. Some anti-leukemia treatments work by inhibiting another enzyme called Shp2. Researchers have now found that mice lacking both of these enzymes ... read more

Genes That Protect African Children from Developing Malaria Identified

Oct. 1, 2015 — Variations in DNA at a specific location (or 'locus') on the genome that protect African children from developing severe malaria, in some cases nearly halving a child's chance of ... read more

Researcher Finds Novel Way to Monitor Serious Blood Disorder Using a Smart Phone

Sep. 22, 2015 — A researcher will develop a portable smart sensor and a phone application for patients with sickle cell disease to analyze and store the results of their blood tests on a smart phone, states a new ... read more

Hospital Reduces Emergency Wait Time, Improves Care for Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease Patients

Sep. 21, 2015 — An American hospital has significantly reduced the amount of time that pediatric patients experiencing pain from sickle cell disease wait before receiving pain medication when they come to the ... read more

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