Blood Disorder News

There are a number of different types of blood disorders, varying widely in terms of symptoms, causes and treatments. Common ones include deep vein thrombosis, which is the presence of a blood clot in a vein deep within the body; anemia, in which the blood doesn’t have enough iron and produces too few red blood cells; hemophilia, in which the blood is thin and does not clot properly; and hemochromatosis, in which the body absorbs too much iron.

Other types of blood disorders include sickle cell disease, a condition in which the red blood cells become sticky, C-shaped and tend to clump together. There’s also thalassemia, a disorder that negatively affects hemoglobin. These are just a few of the many types of blood disorders.

Causes and Treatment of Blood Disorders

In some cases, such as sickle cell disease, a blood disorder is genetic and inherited from your parents. Other blood disorders are caused by lifestyle factors that you can influence to potentially prevent the condition. Deep vein thrombosis, for example, is often caused by the plaque buildup from atherosclerosis. Some cases of anemia are due to insufficient iron in the diet.

Most blood disorders can be treated and, if not cured, at least managed. For treatment options, you may need to consult with a hematologist, a medical doctor who specializes in blood disorders.

SOURCES: Foundation for America’s Blood Centers; American Society of Hematology; U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Date Posted
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9/21/2017
Frequent Blood Donations Safe for Some, But Not All

In certain donors, iron deficiency might need to be addressed long term, study finds

9/20/2017
Drone Sets New Record for Transporting Blood Samples

It could soon become the best delivery system in remote areas, researcher says

9/13/2017
Traces of Tattoo May Reach the Lymph Nodes

If you're getting tattooed, find out what's in the ink the artist is using, researcher advises

8/17/2017
Nurses Learn How to Get Patients to Say 'Yes' to Blood Thinners

Online training aims to make sure those hospitalized get treatment to prevent dangerous blood clots

8/2/2017
10 Factors to Predict Bleeding Risk in Stroke Survivors

New method may aid doctors in assessing harms, benefits of anti-clotting drugs

7/7/2017
FDA Approves New Drug for Sickle Cell Disease

Helps reduce painful, and sometimes life-threatening, complications of the inherited blood disorder

7/6/2017
Blood Shortage Prompts Call for Donations

American Red Cross says declines seen in summer leading to dangerously low supply

6/30/2017
Catheters Often to Blame for Blood Infections After Dialysis

Study included almost all outpatient dialysis centers in the United States

6/15/2017
U.S. Hospitals Still Prescribe Too Many Antibiotics: Study

1 in 5 patients experiences side effects from the drugs, which often aren't necessary

6/8/2017
It's Snakes to the Rescue for Heart Patients

Venom from one slithery serpent might be source of a better blood thinner, early research suggests

5/25/2017
Stroke Risk Can Rise With Pregnancy-Linked High Blood Pressure

Infections, clotting disorders, history of high blood pressure puts women with preeclampsia in jeopardy, study says

5/17/2017
Some Lead Poisoning Tests May Be Faulty

But the majority of tests are unaffected, U.S. officials say

3/24/2017
Leg Pain When Walking: Talk to Your Doctor

Physician says there are ways to ward off peripheral artery disease

3/20/2017
Blood Test May Spot Lung Cancer's Return, Even Before Scans

Small study finds the new technique beats CT and PET scans by around 6 months

2/28/2017
Study Tracks Bleeding Risk From Common Blood Thinners

Research looked specifically at bleeds inside the skull and near the brain

1/6/2017
Blood Shortage Prompts Red Cross Call for Donations

Says decline in donors seen over holidays

1/5/2017
Ebola Can Linger in Lungs, Study Finds

Discovery in one patient could advance understanding of deadly disease, doctors say

12/23/2016
Blood Banks Face Seasonal Shortages, New Screening Rules

Rare complication of transfusions has led to beefed-up testing requirements

12/5/2016
Another Step Closer to Artificial Blood

Synthetic product could save lives on battlefield and in remote areas, but much more study is needed

11/28/2016
U.S. Should Reinforce Blood Supply: Report

New illnesses and financial pressures are potential threats, researchers say

11/9/2016
Health Tip: Control a Bleeding Wound

Steps to stop the flow

10/25/2016
Air Pollution May Even Harm Blood Vessels of Healthy Young

Utah study suggests elderly and ill aren't the only ones hurt by dirty air

10/24/2016
Old Blood as Good as New for Transfusions, Study Finds

Little difference seen in patient survival rates

10/6/2016
Drug Trio Shows Major Promise Against Myeloma

43 percent of study patients with the blood cancer had a complete response, researchers report

8/29/2016
FDA Recommends All Blood Donations Be Tested for Zika

Updated guidance provides further protection for U.S. blood supply

8/25/2016
New Case of Local Zika Infection Reported in Florida

Latest one in Palm Beach County brings state total to 43; scientists predict 400 cases by summer's end

8/24/2016
Blood Test Might Someday Predict Your Stroke Risk

People with high levels of certain 'biomarkers' had significantly higher odds for an attack, study found

8/24/2016
Five More Cases of Local Zika Infection Reported in Florida

State health department says one confirmed in Tampa Bay area

8/19/2016
CDC Advises Pregnant Women to Avoid Miami Beach Due to Zika

Florida Gov. Rick Scott says 5 cases of locally transmitted infection have occured in the tourist spot

8/17/2016
Doctors Report Probable Zika Transmission Via Blood Transfusion

Donor became ill after giving blood that was then used by 2 patients in Rio de Janeiro, physicians say

8/3/2016
Sickle Cell Trait Not Linked to Early Death in Study

However, black soldiers with the gene variant face higher risk of muscle deterioration during exercise

7/26/2016
Roll Up Your Sleeves: Red Cross Says Blood Need 'Urgent'

There's currently less than a 5-day supply, group says

7/11/2016
Are Blood Transfusions From Younger or Female Donors Riskier?

Study found lower survival rates among recipients, but didn't prove cause-and-effect

6/27/2016
Donated Blood Won't Transmit Alzheimer's, Parkinson's Disease

Swedish study of nearly 1.5 million patients finds no increased risk when blood came from affected people

6/6/2016
Superior Results for Myeloma Drug That's Added Earlier in Treatment

Response rate doubled for patients with this blood cancer, study finds

5/18/2016
Drug Protects Lung Function in Kids With Sickle Cell: Study

But many patients don't get hydroxyurea because of fears about 'theoretical' cancer risk, experts say

5/6/2016
Is Daily Blood Thinner Needed for Irregular Heartbeat?

Smartphone app may help some people with atrial fibrillation take drugs 'as needed,' study suggests

5/5/2016
Restoring Blood Flow Beats Exercise for Poor Leg Circulation

Opening vessels could prevent new scarring in muscles, researchers say

5/2/2016
4/14/2016
Health Tip: Are Your Feet Getting Enough Blood?

Swelling may mean circulation problems

3/30/2016
FDA Approves Experimental Zika Test for Blood Donations

But agency still asks those who've possibly been exposed to the virus to forgo giving blood right now

3/16/2016
Review Finds Mixed Success With Hemophilia Treatment

Researchers surprised by shortcomings in treatment of men with severe forms of the blood-clotting disorder

3/7/2016
Idelvion Approved for Hemophilia B

Replaces deficient clotting factor

2/23/2016
CDC Cites 14 Potential New Cases of Zika Transmitted By Sex

Men who've recently traveled to endemic areas should abstain from sex or use a condom, agency says

2/23/2016
Obama Asks Congress for $1.9 Billion to Battle Zika Virus

Money would go toward mosquito-control programs, vaccine development and tests to better spot the virus

2/19/2016
Check Newborns of Women Who Visited Zika-Prone Areas for Infection: CDC

Advisory is for babies of any woman who's been in such a locale within 2 weeks of delivery, CDC says

2/18/2016
Finding Suggests Zika Virus Can Move From Mother to Child During Pregnancy

Discovery adds to signs it might have caused thousands of Brazilian babies to be born with birth defect

2/16/2016
FDA: Wait a Month to Donate Blood After Travel to Zika-Prone Areas

Four weeks is long enough for the virus to pass out of the body, agency says

2/11/2016
Neanderthal DNA May Play Role in Modern Human Health

Genetic legacy can affect risk for nicotine addiction, depression, blood clots and stroke, research suggests

1/20/2016
Blood Test Might Predict When Antibiotics Won't Help

It's still in development, but doctors' office screening method could curb overprescribing, experts say