This article discusses the medical condition. For the fern genus, see Anemia (fern) Anemia (AmE)) or anaemia (BrE), from the Greek meaning "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, causing 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 ce ...
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  • Analgesic Nephropathy (Painkillers and the Kidneys)
    ... An analgesic (AN-ul-JEE-zik) is any medicine intended to relieve pain. Over-the-counter analgesics (medicines bought without a prescription) include aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen sodium,...
  • Anemia
    ... Anemia happens when your blood doesn't have enough hemoglobin (he-mo-GLOBE-in). Hemoglobin helps red blood cells carry oxygen from your lungs to all parts of your body. There are many types of ane...
  • Anemia Elevates Risk of Physical Decline in Older People
    ... Anemia doubles the risk that an older person will develop serious physical declines that can erode the ability to live independently, according to a new epidemiological study supported by the National...
  • Anemia in Kidney Disease and Dialysis
    ... If your blood is low in red blood cells, you have anemia. Red blood cells carry oxygen (O2) to tissues and organs throughout your body and enable them to use the energy from food. Without oxygen, thes...
  • Beta thalassemia
    ... Beta thalassemia is a type of inherited blood disorder that can cause anemia (a low number of red blood cells). It affects a person's ability to produce hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells ...
  • Thalassemia
    ... People with thalassemia have an inherited blood disorder that causes mild or severe anemia (uh-NEE-me-uh). The anemia is due to reduced hemoglobin (he-mo-GLOBE-in) and fewer red blood cells than norma...
  • X-linked sideroblastic anemia
    ... X-linked sideroblastic anemia is an inherited disorder of red blood cells. Although these cells have an adequate amount of iron, they are unable to use it to make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is an iron-con...

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