blood disorders

Researchers in Australia have conducted the first population-based study of its kind and found that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a class of acid suppressants that many people take for heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and peptic ulcers, are associated with iron deficiency. Heartburn is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux, which hydrochloric acid rising into the… Read more

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia infiltrates the central nervous system not by breaching the blood-brain barrier, but by evading the barrier altogether, a research team led by Duke Cancer Institute scientists has found. A deadly feature of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is its invasion of the central nervous system. ALL in the central nervous system is very… Read more

An innovative method to make an unlimited supply of healthy blood cells from the readily available cells that line blood vessels has been developed by researchers at Weill Cornell Medicine. The achievement marks the first time that any research group has generated such blood-forming stem cells. Hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) are long-lasting cells that mature… Read more

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells, which are white blood cells produced in bone marrow that churn out antibodies to help fight infection. When plasma cells become cancerous, they produce abnormal proteins, and the cells can build up in bone marrow, ultimately seeping into the bloodstream. The disease is typically diagnosed through… Read more

A plasma component normally involved in blood clotting and inflammation may play a role in the development of Alzheimer’s disease in some patients, scientists at Rockefeller University report. This is not the first time the condition has been linked to the vascular system. Yet it’s still not clear precisely how changes in the blood might… Read more