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Anemia Information

  • Anemia (or anaemia), which literally means "without blood," is a deficiency of red blood cells and/or hemoglobin. This results in a reduced ability of blood to transfer oxygen to the tissues, and this causes hypoxia; since all human cells depend on oxygen for survival, varying degrees of anemia can have a wide range of clinical consequences. Hemoglobin (the oxygen-carrying protein in the red blood cells) has to be present to ensure adequate oxygenation of all body tissues and organs...
  • The three main classes of anemia include excessive blood loss (acutely such as a hemorrhage or chronically through low-volume loss), excessive red blood cell destruction (hemolysis) or deficient red blood cell production. In menstruating women, dietary iron deficiency is a common cause of deficient red blood cell production.

    Anemia is the most common disorder of the blood. There are several kinds of anemia, produced by a variety of underlying causes. Anemia can be classified in a variety of ways, based on the morphology of RBCs, underlying etiologic mechanisms, discernible clinical spectra, to mention a few.

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A recent study showed some interesting results. Iron supplementation reduced fatigue in menstruating women who are not anemic but have low ferritin levels. So we ask ourselves, is ferritin level the blood test we should be checking for fatigue? In the study, women aged 18 to 53 years who reported fatigue had ferritin levels checked. If a ... Read More »
Some of you have received blood transfusions after surgery, after an accident, or for anemia from other causes. There is no question about it, blood transfusions save lives. It may surprise you to know that there aren’t solid guidelines as to when we should transfuse someone with red blood cells, in other words there is no set degree of ... Read More »
Butter what? You will be hearing a ton about butterbur in the next year for headache prevention and here is why. Updated guidelines from the American Headache society and the American Academy of Neurology have made butterbur, the herbal supplement petasites which is an extract of the butterbur plant, a top choice for migraine prevention. If you ... Read More »

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