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Frequent Blood Donations Safe for Some, But Not All

Posted 20 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Sept. 21, 2017 – Some people may safely donate blood as often as every eight weeks – but that may not be a healthy choice for all, a new study suggests. The study was done in the United Kingdom, where experts recommend that blood donors wait 12 to 16 weeks before giving again. That's in contrast to the United States, where blood donations are already allowed at eight-week intervals. The study – a large clinical trial involving more than 45,000 blood donors – was set up to answer a critical question: Do frequent donors suffer ill health effects? The answer, researchers found, was "nuanced." There was no evidence that frequent donations caused "major adverse effects," such as draining donors' physical energy, dimming their mental sharpness or harming their general quality of life. "Frequent," in this trial, meant every eight weeks for men and every 12 weeks for women, over ... Read more

Related support groups: Fatigue, Restless Legs Syndrome, Anemia, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Blood Transfusion, Blood Cell Transplantation

Weight-Loss Surgery May Leave Some Anemic

Posted 1 day 22 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 20, 2017 – For many obese Americans, weight-loss surgery can be a path to losing lots of unhealthy pounds. But new research suggests it can also lead to a long-term loss of healthy red blood cells, otherwise known as anemia. In a study of U.S. veterans who got a common form of weight-loss (bariatric) surgery, "anemia rates are high 10 years after," conclude a team led by Dr. Dan Eisenberg, a bariatric surgeon at Stanford School of Medicine. One specialist who reviewed the findings wasn't surprised. "Anemia is a common problem in patients who have undergone gastric bypass, and this study sheds light on the severity of the problem in patients who don't receive adequate treatment," said Dr. Allison Barrett. She directs bariatric surgery at Long Island Jewish Forest Hill, in Forest Hill, N.Y. She believes the research "proves that complications of surgery, such as vitamin ... Read more

Related support groups: Obesity, Weight Loss, Anemia, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Gastric Bypass Surgery, Gastrointestinal Surgery

Blood Shortage Prompts Call for Donations

Posted 6 Jul 2017 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 6, 2017 – The American Red Cross needs your blood, and it needs it now. The group issued an emergency call for donations on Wednesday. Over the past two months, there have been about 61,000 fewer donations than what is needed, the organization said. "The decline in summer donations is causing a significant draw-down of our overall blood supply, and we urgently need people to give now to restock hospital shelves and help save lives," said Shaun Gilmore, president of Red Cross Biomedical Services. The July 4th holiday has been especially challenging: Nearly 700 fewer blood drives were held this week than during an average week. That's the equivalent of no blood drives nationwide for an entire day, the agency explained. "Every day, patients recovering from accidents or those receiving treatments for cancer or blood disorders rely on lifesaving blood products, regardless of ... Read more

Related support groups: Blood Disorders, Bleeding Disorder, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Blood Transfusion, Thalassemia, Coagulation Defects and Disorders, Blood Cell Transplantation

Iron Pills No Help for Certain Type of Heart Failure

Posted 16 May 2017 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 16, 2017 – High-dose iron pills don't improve the exercise capacity of iron-deficient patients with a certain type of heart failure, a new study finds. Iron deficiency affects about half of heart failure patients with what's called reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (HFrEF). This refers to how well the heart's left ventricle pumps with each contraction. This iron shortage is associated with reduced physical functioning, poorer quality of life, and increased risk of death. The new study included 225 such patients who received either high-dose iron pills (150 milligrams) or a placebo, twice daily for 16 weeks. Exercise capacity was assessed by how far patients could walk in six minutes. After four months, those who took the iron pills did not have higher peak oxygen uptake or greater exercise capacity than those who took the placebo, according to the study. The study ... Read more

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Health Tip: Make Sure You Get Enough Iron

Posted 2 Feb 2017 by Drugs.com

-- Iron is an essential mineral that helps your body process proteins and produce red blood cells. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says: Iron is crucial for a healthy immune system and brain development. It's found in fish, chicken and lean meats, leafy greens, fruit, legumes and iron-fortified foods. Signs of iron deficiency include: frequent illness, unexplained fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath or dizziness. Read more

Related support groups: Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Docusate/iron/multivitamin

Could Anemia Cause Hearing Loss?

Posted 30 Dec 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Dec. 29, 2016 – Hearing loss may be linked to iron deficiency anemia – a combination of low levels of iron and red blood cells, new research suggests. The study found that people with iron deficiency anemia have more than twice the rate of hearing loss as people without the blood disorder. The association between hearing loss and iron deficiency anemia was particularly strong for two types of hearing loss – one called sensorineural and combined sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when the inner ear or the nerve pathway from the inner ear to the brain is damaged, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). Conductive hearing loss is when sounds aren't efficiently conducted from the outer ear to the eardrum or middle ear. Combined hearing loss is a mixture of the two, according to ASHA. Sensorineural hearing ... Read more

Related support groups: Anemia, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Hearing Loss, Anemia Associated with Iron Deficiency

Too Much Iron Linked to Gestational Diabetes

Posted 11 Nov 2016 by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, Nov. 10, 2016 – High levels of iron have been linked with an increased risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes), begging the question whether routine recommendations of iron supplements are warranted, a new study says. The new research found that women with the highest iron levels during the second trimester of pregnancy had more than twice the risk of developing gestational diabetes, compared with women with the lowest iron levels. "Our study findings raise potential concerns about the recommendation of routine iron supplementation among pregnant women who already have sufficient iron," said study author Shristi Rawal. She's an epidemiologist with the U.S. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. But, the study only showed an association between iron levels and gestational diabetes; the research wasn't designed to prove a ... Read more

Related support groups: Iron Deficiency Anemia, Hemochromatosis, Gestational Diabetes, Iron Overload

Health Tip: Get Enough Dietary Iron

Posted 14 Oct 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Iron is an essential nutrient in a healthy diet. Here are some good sources, courtesy of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Lean cuts of pork, beef, chicken, turkey and fish. Pinto and kidney beans, soybeans and lentils. Breakfast cereals fortified with iron. Rice enriched with iron. Spinach and other vegetables that are dark green and leafy. Iron-enriched breads that contain whole grains. Read more

Related support groups: Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Anemia Associated with Iron Deficiency, Docusate/iron/multivitamin

Health Tip: Managing Anemia With Iron

Posted 18 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Iron deficiency is a common cause of anemia, the lack of a protein called hemoglobin that's needed to carry oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. If your doctor prescribes an iron supplement, the American Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Always take the supplement with something to eat. Increase your dose gradually to your doctor's prescribed amount. If you become constipated, increase fiber in the foods you eat. If the pills upset your stomach, avoid taking them before bed. If the supplement has too many side effects, ask your doctor about switching brands. Read more

Related support groups: Anemia, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Anemia Associated with Iron Deficiency, Docusate/iron/multivitamin

Anemia Boosts Stroke Death Risk, Study Finds

Posted 18 Aug 2016 by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 17, 2016 – Older stroke victims suffering from anemia – a lack of red blood cells – may have higher odds of dying, researchers report. Among thousands of stroke patients, those who were anemic had a 1.5 to two times higher risk of dying within a year compared with patients without anemia, said Dr. Phyo Myint, lead researcher on the new study. "There is no clear evidence to suggest treating anemia will prevent stroke, but like in many other conditions, people with anemia should find out why they are anemic and treat the cause if possible," said Myint. He is a professor of medicine of old age at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. However, why anemia increases the risk of death after stroke isn't clear, Myint said. Anemia is common in stroke patients, he added. Older people in general often have anemia or low levels of hemoglobin, the proteins in red blood cells ... Read more

Related support groups: Ischemic Stroke, Anemia, Transient Ischemic Attack, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Ischemic Stroke - Prophylaxis

Health Tip: Eating Iron-Rich Foods

Posted 9 Feb 2016 by Drugs.com

-- Iron is a mineral essential for healthy red blood cells. If you don't get enough from a balanced diet, your health can suffer. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics advises eating these iron-rich foods: Animal-based proteins, including lean beef and pork. Chicken, turkey and fish also are good choices. Leafy, dark green vegetables, such as spinach. Soybeans, lentils, kidney, pinto and other types of beans. Cereals fortified with iron. Rice, breads and other whole grains enriched with iron. Read more

Related support groups: Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation and Deficiency, Iron Deficiency Anemia, Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation during Pregnancy/Lactation, Iron Dextran, Infed, Docusate/iron/multivitamin, Dexferrum

Health Tip: Recognizing Signs of Anemia

Posted 18 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

-- Anemia occurs when there are insufficient red blood cells, or they don't function properly. The American Society of Hematology says warning signs include: Feeling weak or dizzy. Having colder hands and feet. Having pale skin or a yellow tint. Feeling short of breath. Having an irregular or fast heartbeat. Hearing a whooshing sound or pounding in the ears. Having frequent chest pain or headache. Read more

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World's Population Is Getting Sicker, Study Shows

Posted 8 Jun 2015 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, June 8, 2015 – A new global tally of health finds that only about 4 percent of people worldwide had no health problems in 2013, while a third – about 2.3 billion people – had more than five health problems. And the situation is getting worse, not better: Worldwide, the proportion of years of healthy life people lost because of illness (rather than simply dying earlier) rose from 21 percent in 1990 to 31 percent in 2013, according to the Global Burden of Disease study. The growing number of elderly people also means that the number of people who will be living with health problems will rise rapidly over coming decades, the researchers warned. The study involves data from 188 countries and looks at more than 300 illnesses and injuries, according to a news release from The Lancet, which published the findings June 8. The study is the largest analysis of trends in health around ... Read more

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Delaying Umbilical Cord Clamping Might Boost Child Development

Posted 26 May 2015 by Drugs.com

TUESDAY, May 26, 2015 – Waiting about three minutes to clamp the umbilical cord following a baby's delivery may help improve children's fine-motor and social skills at age 4 years, new Swedish research suggests. The researchers said postponing the clamping of the cord allows continued flow of fetal blood from the placenta to the newborn. This, in turn, appears to be tied to improved infant iron levels by the critical 4- to 6-month mark, which may help prevent certain developmental problems, the study authors suggested. "During the delayed clamping, the child receives half a cup of extra blood, which contains a lot of iron, and can prevent iron deficiency," said study lead author Dr. Ola Andersson, a consultant in pediatrics and neonatology, and a researcher in the department of women's and children's health at Uppsala University in Uppsala, Sweden. "In our study, a psychologist ... Read more

Related support groups: Iron Deficiency Anemia, Delivery, Labor and Delivery including Augmentation

FDA Medwatch Alert: Feraheme (ferumoxytol): Drug Safety Communication – Warnings Strengthened and Prescribing Instructions Changed

Posted 2 Apr 2015 by Drugs.com

ISSUE: FDA is strengthening an existing warning that serious, potentially fatal allergic reactions can occur with the anemia drug Feraheme (ferumoxytol). FDA changed the prescribing instructions and approved a Boxed Warning, FDA’s strongest type of warning, regarding these serious risks. Also added is a new Contraindication, a strong recommendation against use of Feraheme in patients who have had an allergic reaction to any intravenous (IV) iron replacement product. All IV iron products carry a risk of potentially life-threatening allergic reactions. At the time of Feraheme’s approval in 2009, this risk was described in the Warnings and Precautions section of the drug label. Since then, serious reactions, including deaths, have occurred despite the proper use of therapies to treat these reactions and emergency resuscitation measures (see Drug Safety Communication/Data Summary). FDA eval ... Read more

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