"Did You Know?" is a weekly feature from the Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support to inform your prevention activities. We invite you to read, share, and take action!
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May 22, 2015
- Thalassemia major is a rare but serious disease that causes people to produce fewer red blood cells than usual (anemia).
- People with severe thalassemia require ongoing treatment to reduce complications such as enlarged spleen, bone disease, infections, and too much iron in the body.
- By seeking care at a thalassemia treatment center and carefully following a treatment plan, people with thalassemia can live a healthy life.
June 13, 2014
- People of all ages with hemophilia are at risk for developing an inhibitor (or antibody) to the factor product used to treat or prevent bleeding episodes.
- Developing an inhibitor is a serious
complication of hemophilia, and those affected are twice as likely to be hospitalized for a bleeding-related problem.
- People with hemophilia should be tested regularly for inhibitors, and if possible, their care should be provided at a hemophilia treatment center.
April 4, 2014
- Babies are born with very little vitamin K in their bodies, which can cause serious bleeding problems that can lead to brain damage and even death.
- Life-threatening bleeds from VKDB frequently occur without warning, but a single
vitamin K shot [PDF – 247KB] given at birth will protect a baby from developing dangerous bleeding.
- You can help expectant parents learn how to protect their babies from VKDB by listening to this CDC podcast.