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February 25, 2017

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February 25, 2017

Jan. 19, 2017 — Scientists are creating an induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-based research library that opens the door to invaluable sickle cell disease research and novel therapy ... read more

View That Sickle Cell Trait Increases Mortality Risk Challenged

Aug. 3, 2016 — Health experts have long believed that sickle cell gene variants, which occur in about one in 13 African-Americans, increase the risk of premature death, even when people carry only a single copy of ... read more

How the Body Disposes of Red Blood Cells, Recycles Iron

July 18, 2016 — What happens when red blood cells become damaged or reach the end of their normal life span, and how is the iron required for carrying oxygen recycled? A new study contradicts previous thinking about ... read more

Lives in the Balance: Why Do We Hold Onto Potentially Harmful, Disease-Causing Mutations?

June 28, 2016 — The persistence of heritable disease raises an evolutionary paradox. When DNA goes awry, and a harmful mutation sprouts up that affects survival, why aren't these simply purged from a population ... read more

June 20, 2016 — In a small study looking at pain assessments in adults with sickle cell disease, researchers say overall, those treated long-term with opioids often fared worse in measures of pain, fatigue and ... read more

June 6, 2016 — Bone marrow transplantation is the only curative therapy for the millions of people living with blood disorders like sickle cell anemia, thalassemia, and AIDS. However, the faulty stem cells must ... read more

Anemia Negatively Affects Recovery from Traumatic Brain Injuries

May 25, 2016 — Approximately half of patients hospitalized with traumatic brain injuries are anemic, according to recent studies, but anemia's effects on the recovery of these patients is not clear. Now, ... read more

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

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