Brown Recluse Spider is Sometimes to Blame in Unexplained Cases of Anemia

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Brown Recluse Spider

As spring approaches and people return to outdoor activities, caution should be taken in areas of the country that are home to Loxosceles reclusa, also called the brown recluse spider. A new study from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital found that when patients present with sudden anemia, but the cause is elusive, the brown recluse spider should be part of the differential diagnosis, at least in parts of the nation where the spider is regularly found.

 

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‘Tired Blood’ Warning: Ignore It at Your Own Risk

‘Tired Blood’ Warning: Ignore It at Your Own Risk

Thanks to advertisements for the once-popular tonic Geritol, most people of a certain age know about “tired blood,” a disorder more accurately called anemia, involving a shortage of healthy red blood cells to carry oxygen to body tissues and cleanse them of carbon dioxide.

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70% of Children in India are Anemic

 70% of Children in India are Anaemic

Concerned by the whopping number of children in the age group of six to 59 months suffering from anaemia, the government is taking several steps, including providing supplementary and fortifying food and vitamins supplements to rectify the malady.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Anbumani Ramadoss told Lok Sabha on Wednesday that 69.5 percent of children in the age group of six to 59 months are suffering from anaemia of which 63 percent are in the urban areas and 71.5 percent in the rural areas.

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