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thalassemia

[‚thal·ə′sē·mē·ə]
(medicine)
A hereditary form of hemolytic anemia resulting from a defective synthesis of hemoglobin: thalassemia major is the homozygous state accompanied by clinical illness, and thalassemia minor is the heterozygous state and may not have evident clinical manifestations. Also known as Mediterranean anemia.

Thalassemia

 

(also thalassanemia), a familial hemolytic anemia, first detected in 1925 among inhabitants of the Mediterranean region. Thalassemia is caused by disturbances in hemoglobin synthesis.

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The UAE Government provides free treatment for thalassaemia patients.
Talking about Thalassaemia, the organisers said: "Awareness about this disease is very low and events that take up the cause will ensure people go for pre-marital tests to avoid chances of children being born with Thalassaemia.
Another 12- year- old, who was diagnosed with thalassaemia at 10 months, tested positive for HIV when she was five years old.
Dr Maryam Matar, Executive Director of the UAE Genetic Diseases Association, said: C[pounds sterling]In line with the UAE federal government's vision to make the country free from Thalassaemia by 2012, we welcome the support of the DIFC on the 'UAE Free of Thalassaemia' campaign.
He urged every member of the society to promote awareness for pre-marriage thalassaemia blood test for the sake of innocent lives to flourish.
At present, stem cell transplant is the only known cure for beta thalassaemia major.
Around 50 per cent of the newborns were diagnosed with alpha thalassaemia and these ratios did not vary from another study conducted among school children in 1995 by the Ministry of Health.
Two years ago eight- year- old Thamirabharuni was cured of thalassaemia after undergoing a similar procedure at Apollo Speciality Hospital in Chennai.
Thalassaemia is an inherited disorder affecting the production of haemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen around the body, and thus causing anaemia.
Authors acknowledge the medical staff at the thalassaemia research unit and laboratory of the Naresuan University Hospital, Thailand, for blood sample collection and technical assistance, and the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Naresuan University for financial support.
The study reporting this change in mortality in Cypriot thalassaemia patients was reported in July 2006 in Haematologica.
The event, organised by Winson Green-based New Style Radio, raised nearly pounds 800 for the Handsworth-based Midland Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia Society.