Africa: In Africa, Sickle Cell Patients Endure Pain, Discrimination
[VOA] Africans who have the blood disorder sickle cell anemia met this week in the northern Cameroon town of Garoua to step up an awareness campaign. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - December 13, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

How One Engineer & #039;s Blood Disorder Enabled the Development of an Anemia Detection App
Every month from the time he was six months old, Rob Mannino has had to go into a clinic to receive a blood transfusion. Mannino has an inherited blood disorder known as beta-thalassemia, which is caused by a mutation in the beta-globin gene. “My doctors would test my hemoglobin levels more if they could, but it’s a hassle for me to get to the hospital in between transfusions to receive this blood test. Instead, my doctors currently have to just estimate when I’m going to need a transfusion, based on my hemoglobin level trends," Mannino said. For his biomedical eng...
Source: MDDI - December 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

Smartphone App Uses Fingernail Bed Images to Detect Anemia
App uses color and metadata from fingernails to detect hemoglobin levels in the blood (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - December 7, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Oncology, Pathology, Journal, Source Type: news

Smartphone App Uses Fingernail Bed Images to Detect Anemia
THURSDAY, Dec. 6, 2018 -- An app that detects color and metadata from fingernails can identify hemoglobin levels in the blood, according to research published online Dec. 4 in Nature Communications. Robert G. Mannino, Ph.D., from Emory University in... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - December 6, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Smartphone app could use fingernails to detect anemia
The new technology can detect anemia with 97 percent sensitivity by analyzing photos of a user's fingernail. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - December 6, 2018 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

An App, Your Fingernail -- and Anemia Screening Is Done
Title: An App, Your Fingernail -- and Anemia Screening Is DoneCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/5/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/6/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General)
Source: MedicineNet Chronic Pain General - December 6, 2018 Category: Anesthesiology Source Type: news

Smartphone app could screen for anemia
(Reuters Health) - - For people with chronic anemia who want to monitor their condition or those who just suspect they might be anemic, a fast answer could soon come from a smartphone selfie - of their fingernails, researchers say. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

An App, Your Fingernail -- and Anemia Screening Is Done
The app converts fingernail colors into quick readings of blood hemoglobin levels, according to researchers at Emory University in Atlanta. They said the technology could be used by anyone at any time, but its use right now is  limited to screening, not a formal diagnosis of anemia. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An App, Your Fingernail -- and Anemia Screening Is Done
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 5, 2018 -- Checking for low hemoglobin in the blood -- otherwise known as anemia -- usually means drawing blood for testing. But scientists say they've developed a wireless smartphone app that does the same by " reading " a quick... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 5, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Gene therapy treatment reverses sickle cell anemia, early trial results show
A new gene therapy for sickle cell anemia has shown promise in early clinical trials after reversing the condition's symptoms in two adults, researchers report. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - December 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Takes Another Step Forward
TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 -- A new gene therapy shows early promise against sickle cell anemia, researchers say. The therapy targets the genetic flaw that causes sickle cell. In a small group of patients, researchers said the therapy appears safe and... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 4, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Early clinical trial data show gene therapy reversing sickle cell anemia
(Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center) After over a decade of preclinical research and development, a new gene therapy treatment for Sickle Cell Anemia (SCA) is reversing disease symptoms in two adults and showing early potential for transportability to resource-challenged parts of the world where SCA is most common. Preliminary data from a pilot Phase 1-2 clinical trial testing the gene-addition therapy were presented Dec. 3 at the American Society of Hematology's (ASH) annual meeting in San Diego. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 3, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Global Health: ‘ From Nothing to Gangbusters ’ : A Treatment for Sickle-Cell Disease Proves Effective in Africa
Already used in Western countries, hydroxyurea eased painful episodes in African children with the condition. It also reduced the risk of malaria infection. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - December 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Children and Childhood Sickle Cell Anemia Malaria Transfusions Africa New England Journal of Medicine Hydroxyurea Source Type: news

Sickle cell anemia treatment safely lowers disease burden in African children
(Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center) A daily hydroxyurea pill may bring relief for children living with the painful and deadly blood disease sickle cell anemia (SCA) in resource-challenged sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease is prevalent and health care is suboptimal. This is what a multinational clinical trial called REACH discovered when it tested daily hydroxyurea treatment in 606 children between the ages of 1 and 10 years old. Study data are published in the New England Journal of Medicine. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ask Well: What Are the Effects of Vitamin B12 Deficiency?
A deficiency of B12, if left untreated, can lead to irreversible neurological problems. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 30, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: RONI CARYN RABIN Tags: Vitamins Vitamin B12 Anemia Digestive Tract Diet and Nutrition Mental Health and Disorders Celiac Disease Crohn's Disease Source Type: news

27.11.18: Not intended for U.S. and UK Media
U.S. FDA approves Larotrectinib, the first TRK inhibitor, for patients with advanced solid tumors harboring an NTRK gene fusionFirst treatment with a tumor-agnostic indication at the time of initial FDA approval / Larotrectinib approved under the brand name Vitrakvi® / 75% overall response rate (ORR) (95% CI, 61%, 85%) [22% complete response (CR) and 53% partial response (PR)] across various solid tumors in adults and children / Adverse events (AEs) of any grade observed in more than 20 percent of patients, regardless of attribution, included increased ALT (45%), increased AST (45%), anemia (42%), fatigue (37%), nausea...
Source: Bayer IR Newsfeed: Events - November 27, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

U.S. FDA approves Larotrectinib, the first TRK inhibitor, for patients with advanced solid tumors harboring an NTRK gene fusion (for specialized target groups only)
First treatment with a tumor-agnostic indication at the time of initial FDA approval / Larotrectinib approved under the brand name Vitrakvi ® / 75% overall response rate (ORR) (95% CI, 61%, 85%) [22% complete response (CR) and 53% partial response (PR)] across various solid tumors in adults and children / Adverse events (AEs) of any grade observed in more than 20 percent of patients, regardless of attribution, included increased ALT (4 5%), increased AST (45%), anemia (42%), fatigue (37%), nausea (29%), dizziness (28%), cough (26%), vomiting (26%), constipation (23%), and diarrhea (22%) (Source: Bayer Company News)
Source: Bayer Company News - November 27, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Blood donors urged to keep appointments before Christmas
Zoe and Craig Alderson, from Essex - whose son Henry, two, has  Diamond Blackfan Anaemia and requires fortnightly transfusions - said: 'We rely on blood donors to keep him alive.' (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood donors urged to keep appointments before Christmas
Zoe and Craig Alderson, from Essex - whose son Henry, two, has Diamond Blackfan Anaemia and requires fortnightly transfusions - said: 'We rely on blood donors to keep him alive.' (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What to know about ferritin blood tests for anemia
A ferritin blood test is a simple way to check a person's iron levels. In this article, we discuss normal, low, and high levels, what they mean, and how to alter blood ferritin levels. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Blood / Hematology Source Type: news

FDA Approves Promacta (eltrombopag) for First-Line Severe Aplastic Anemia
Basel, November 16, 2018 - Novartis announced today that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded the label for Promacta (eltrombopag) to include first-line treatment for adults and pediatric patients two years and older with severe... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - November 16, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Women who suffer from heavy menstrual bleeding are recommended to supplement with Shepherd's purse
(Natural News) Menorrhagia, a condition better known as heavy menstrual bleeding, is a very common condition in women. It’s also one of the main reasons for impaired quality of life and iron-deficiency anemia in women — making the need for treatment a priority. One natural way to treat the condition is to supplement it with shepherd’s... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Relation Between Thyroid Function and Anemia The Relation Between Thyroid Function and Anemia
Is there a greater risk for developing anemia among patients with thyroid disease?Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology Journal Article Source Type: news

40 Under 40: Bloodworks Northwest's Krystalyn Hudson says running a research lab is a dream come true
Hudson's research is aimed at helping people whose bodies generate antibodies that attack their own red blood cells, because those people are at risk of developing autoimmune hemolytic anemia, a disease that can be fatal. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - November 8, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Ryan Lambert Source Type: news

40 Under 40: Bloodworks Northwest's Krystalyn Hudson says running a research lab is a dream come true
Hudson's research is aimed at helping people whose bodies generate antibodies that attack their own red blood cells, because those people are at risk of developing autoimmune hemolytic anemia, a disease that can be fatal. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - November 8, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ryan Lambert Source Type: news

Vitamin B12 deficiency: Tired and lethargic? You could be experiencing anaemia symptoms
VITAMIN B12 deficiency can cause a wide range of problems, as the vitamin is vital to keeping the nervous system healthy. If you find yourself constantly feeling tired and lethargic, you could be anaemic. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers find novel mutation affecting YARS causes multisystem disease
(Clinic for Special Children) Researchers have identified a novel missense mutation in tyrosyl-tRNA synthetase (YARS c.499C>A, p.Pro167Thr) that causes a severe recessive disorder in affected individuals. The report includes detailed clinical characterization of seven related Amish children who were homozygous for the variant. The children all exhibited poor growth, developmental delay, abnormal brain white matter, hearing loss, involuntary eye movements, progressive cholestatic liver disease, pancreatic insufficiency, hypoglycemia, anemia, intermittent excess of protein in urine, recurrent bloodstream infections, and c...
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 6, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Anemia in Older Adults Anemia in Older Adults
Anemia in older adults is common, but often asymptomatic and discovered incidentally. Review its differential diagnoses and management in this brief primer.American Family Physician (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

Evaluation of Iron Stores by Zinc Protoporphyrin Analysis Evaluation of Iron Stores by Zinc Protoporphyrin Analysis
Might zinc protoporphyrin testing serve as an alternative to ferritin testing for determination of iron-deficiency anemia in repeat blood donors?Laboratory Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 31, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Big Brands Are Fuelling the Business of Nutrition
Dr Myriam Sidibe is a Senior Fellow at the Mossavar Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School and is on sabbatical leave from Unilever.   Jane Nelson directs the Center’s Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School.By Dr Myriam Sidibe and Jane NelsonCAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Oct 29 2018 (IPS)Food is an increasingly hot topic, no matter if you are rich or poor. Malnutrition – including undernutrition, overweight and obesity – affects 1 in 3 people around the world. When it comes to the link between health and nutrition, consumers in both developed and emerg...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 29, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Myriam Sidibe and Jane Nelson Tags: Africa Development & Aid Economy & Trade Food & Agriculture Global Green Economy Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Trade & Investment Source Type: news

High-Dose Iron Safe, Effective in Hemodialysis Patients High-Dose Iron Safe, Effective in Hemodialysis Patients
High-dose iron reduces the amount of erythropoiesis-stimulating agent needed to treat dialysis patients with anemia, with no rise in risk for infection or cardiovascular events, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Nephrology News Source Type: news

Rich in Agriculture, Madagascar Suffers from Extreme Malnutrition
Agronomist and Girls Guide Hanitranirina Rarison is combining all her skills and experiences to help rid Madagascar of malnutrition.By Hanitranirina RarisonANTANANARIVO, Madagascar, Oct 24 2018 (IPS)As much as 80 percent of Madagascar’s population of 24 million people is involved in agriculture and the country’s economy largely depends on the sector, yet 48 percent of households are faced with food insecurity according to the National Nutrition Office (NNO). Over 70 percent of households live below the national poverty line of 535,603 Malagasy ariary per year (1 U.S. dollar equals 3,447.50 ariary). In rural Mad...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Hanitranirina Rarison Tags: Africa Aid Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Food Sustainability Headlines Health Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Study finds that a traditional Chinese medicine is effective at treating liver cancer
(Natural News) Conventional treatments for cancer, such as chemotherapy and radiation, are known for targeting even healthy cells. The damage induced on healthy cells by non-selective targeting these cancer treatments lead to side effects like diarrhea, anemia, infertility, mood changes, and weight loss. To avoid these side effects, people are now turning to traditional medicine... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kenya:Report Exposes High Risk of Anaemia Among Women
[Nation] One in four Kenyan women of reproductive age suffer from iron deficiency, a new government report shows. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 18, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Influence of Anemia on One-Year Exacerbation Rate of COPD-PH Influence of Anemia on One-Year Exacerbation Rate of COPD-PH
A new study explores the potential prognostic role of anemia in patients with pulmonary hypertension due to COPD.BMC Pulmonary Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pulmonary Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Viewpoint: Politicians must address skewed economics of health care
In this politically polarizing climate, one of the most destructive problems we face as a nation isn ’t even a blip on the federal government’s radar. The elephant in the room? The cost of employer-funded health care premiums. Bottom line: Most of us in the U.S. are insured through our employers, and we prefer private group insurance. Forget the anemic argument about looking at a Scandinavi an system, where health care is paid through taxes levied by county councils — in essence, national… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - October 11, 2018 Category: Health Management Source Type: news

Viewpoint: Politicians must address skewed economics of health care
In this politically polarizing climate, one of the most destructive problems we face as a nation isn ’t even a blip on the federal government’s radar. The elephant in the room? The cost of employer-funded health care premiums. Bottom line: Most of us in the U.S. are insured through our employers, and we prefer private group insurance. Forget the anemic argument about looking at a Scandinavi an system, where health care is paid through taxes levied by county councils — in essence, national… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - October 11, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Source Type: news

Iron deficiency anaemia: Hair loss could be a sign you are lacking the mineral
IRON DEFICIENCY anaemia has an array of symptoms, the most well-known including tiredness and lack of energy. However, a less common symptom of the condition is hair loss. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - October 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

India Uses Tech to Power its New Battle Against Malnutrition
A mother and a child in Melghat district, an area in India with high rates of malnourishment. The government’s new POSHAN campaign aims to curb malnutrition by a significant margin by also using smartphones to collect relevant data. Credit: Stella Paul/IPSBy Stella PaulMAYURBHANJ DISTRICT, India, Sep 26 2018 (IPS)Kanaklata Raula from Kaptipada village in India’s Mayurbhanj District is on duty 24×7. The 52-year-old community health worker from Odisha state rides a bicycle for hours each day, visiting community members who need nutrition and reproductive healthcare.Raula’s main job is to ensure that t...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Stella Paul Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Development & Aid Editors' Choice Featured Food Sustainability Headlines Health Population Regional Categories TerraViva United Nations Barilla Foundation Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FA Source Type: news

Bleeding gums and all-day nosebleeds turn out to be a sign of a deadly bone marrow disease 
Natalia Slazak, 31, from Buckinghamshire, was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia, a condition which causes red and white blood cells and platelets to drop to dangerously low levels. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - September 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Causes Hyperkalemia?
Discussion Potassium (K+) is an alkali metal (Group 1 of periodic table with Hydrogen, Lithium and Sodium) with an anatomic number of 19. Its chemical symbol K, comes from the medieval Latin, kalium which means potash (mainly potassium carbonate or potassium hydroxide), the substance it was first isolated from. Potassium is an important cation and it mainly resides in the intracellular fluid with only a small amount in the extracellular fluid. Potassium regulates cell volume, pH and enzyme functions. Hyperkalemia is defined as a potassium level> 5.5 mEq/L in children and> 6.0 mEq/L in newborns. Hyperkalemia incre...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 24, 2018 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms: Look for this sign when you go to the toilet
VITAMIN B12 deficiency can lead to a condition called anaemia, which is where you don ’t have enough red blood cells to meet your body’s needs. Recognising the first signs is important to avoid complications - look out for one of the symptoms when you go to the toilet. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vitamin B12 deficiency: A sign in your legs and feet is among symptoms to watch out for
VITAMIN B12 deficiency symptoms can cause anaemia and lead to a number of complications, including heart failure. For this reason, noticing the first signs is very important - one sign can be found in your legs and feet. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Decades later, man meets the UCLA doctor who saved his life
It ’s 1970 and 10-month-old Maurice Elias lay in a hospital bed in the pediatric intensive care unit dangerously malnourished, at just 14 pounds, and with a severe infection in his mouth. The antibiotics that doctors at UCLA had been using to treat Maurice, who had been born without a functional immu ne system, were no longer working.The only way Maurice was going to survive was a bone marrow transplant.“If we couldn't find a way to give Maurice a working immune system, he was going to die. And the only way to do so was with a risky transplant that could be fatal, too,” said Dr. Richard Stiehm, the UCLA d...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - September 19, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Iron deficiency: Eat more of this ‘superfood’ if you need more iron in your diet
IRON deficiency anemia is caused by a lack of iron in the body. The deficiency can be treated by consuming more iron, either in your diet or with tablets. This iron-rich ‘superfood’ could help reverse the symptoms of anemia. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vitamin B12 deficiency: Should you take supplements to keep symptoms at bay?
VITAMIN B12 deficiency can develop into anaemia and lead to complications such as an abnormally fast heart beat and heart failure. The best way of gaining the vitamin is through diet, but if you aren ’t eating the right foods should you be taking supplements to keep symptoms of a deficiency at bay? (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vitamin B12 deficiency: Nine symptoms to watch out for and what foods to eat to avoid one
VITAMIN B12 deficiency can result in anaemia and lead to complications such as an abnormally feast heart beat and heart failure. There are nine symptoms that indicate you could have one, but the best way to avoid it in the first place is to eat certain foods. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vitamin B12 deficiency symptoms: Look out for this sign in your hands, legs or feet
VITAMIN B12 deficiency anaemia is brought about by a lack of vitamin B12 in the body. There are various symptoms of the condition, including this sensation in your hands, legs or feet. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 8, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Vitamin B12 deficiency causes: Six reasons why you may be lacking the essential vitamin
VITAMIN B12 deficiency anaemia occurs when a lack of vitamin B12 prevents the body from producing fully functioning red blood cells. Here are six causes of the condition. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 6, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news