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Blood Transfusion Could be Treatment for Aplastic Anemia

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute reports that between 500 and 1,000 people develop aplastic anemia each year. Although researchers are consistently studying and analyzing the causes behind the condition, an effective treatment has yet to be found for all cases of aplastic anemia. However, recent news claims that Kyle Miller, a seventh-grader in […]

Aplastic Anemia Foundation Backs New Treatment

According to recent reports, the Aplastic Anemia & MDS International Foundation has awarded Vidaza a positive opinion for human use. The award was reportedly given to the European Committee for Medical Products for Human use (CHMP). The news is very pleasing and hopeful to patients who aren’t eligible to receive stem cell transplants to treat […]

Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, Treatment and Stem Cell Research and more

I found some interesting posts addressing Acute Myelogenous Leukemia that I thought readers might find interesting.  They range from stories about celebrities helping people with AML to some information about Stem Cell Research. Public Stem Cell Research Funding: Boon or Boondoggle? – Public Stem Cell Research Funding: Boon or Boondoggle? Source: Competitive Enterprise Institute From press release: […]

High Intensity Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis

An article in the current issue of John Hopkins Magazine describes a clinical trial in which high doses of cyclophosphamide were used to relieve symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis(MS).  The treatment is also referred to as "HiCy."  Treatment with low doses over a long term had been used since the 1980s but the treatment came […]

Twin Donates Bone Marrow Update

In May we wrote about a young man, 8 year-old Garrett Kaulbars, who had been diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia.  Garrett was fortunate to have a twin brother, Tanner, who was a perfect match for Garrett to have a bone marrow transplant.  The transplant  took place on May 27th and now Garrett waits and waits and […]

Walking Helps Leukemia Chemotherapy Patients

A study published in the May issue of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management  indicates that a walking exercise program can  reduce fatigue levels in those AML( acute myelogenous leukemia) patients  who are being treated with chemotherapy. Dr. Yeur-Hur Lai of National Taiwan University in Taipei and colleagues randomly assigned 22 hospitalized AML patients  to […]

Twin Donates Bone Marrow after Aplastic Anemia diagnosis

Garrett has an 8-year-old twin brother, Tanner.  Garrett also has Aplastic Anemia.  Aplastic Anemia is a rare, serious blood disorder in which the normal  production of blood cells – red, white and platelets – slows or stops. Garrett is lucky to have an identical twin.  Few who are diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia have a healthy identical  twin  that they […]

Surviving Aplastic Anemia

In Cave City, Scotland Pam Hunt, now 60 years old, has never let her diagnosis of Aplastic Anemia get her down or limit her activity. She was diagnosed originally with leukemia but after a bone marrow test was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia. At that time she was 15 years old. Her treatment was to get […]

Can Doctors predict AML recurrence?

Two studies reported in the May 1st  edition of the New England Journal of Medicine indicate that there are genetic markers that can make it easier for doctors to determine what type of treatment is the best for individuals with AML,  Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  One study done in Ulm, Germany analyzed the genetic makeup of normal […]

A Brighter Prognosis for Aplastic Anemia

Science advances and Treatments improve.  Here’s what US News and World Report has to say. But there’s hope: Considered fatal as recently as two decades ago, aplastic anemia is becoming a far more manageable disease. Advances in drug therapies and improvements in the field of transplantation have slashed the death toll, allowing patients to live […]