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Gene Therapy Helps Patients with Hemophilia B

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For Immediate Release
Monday, December 12, 2011

An experimental gene therapy technique boosted the production of a vital blood clotting factor in six people with hemophilia B, according to new research supported by the National Institutes of Health. The therapy could give patients a long-term solution for preventing prolonged bleeding episodes and spontaneous bleeding.

People with hemophilia bleed more following...

For Immediate Release
Monday, December 12, 2011

An experimental gene therapy technique boosted the production of a vital blood clotting factor in six people with...

Gene Therapy a Boon for 6 Hemophilia Patients

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Severity of the bleeding condition was reduced for men with type B disorder, study finds

SATURDAY, Dec. 10 (HealthDay News) -- A single treatment of gene therapy dramatically improved symptoms and quality of life in a small group of men with hemophilia B, an uncommon form of the bleeding disorder, a new study suggests.

"It is a small trial in that only six patients have been treated thus far, but it has been rather successful and I think it will encourage further use of this approach in the...

Using Drug for Prevention Might Help in Hard-to-Treat Hemophilia

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For some patients, using medicine to stave off, not just treat bleeds, could decrease joint damage

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 2 (HealthDay News) -- A compound currently used to stop bleeding episodes in a subset of hard-to-treat hemophilia patients also seems to be effective in preventing bleeds before they start.

Although this study, published in the Nov. 3 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, was a small one and didn't last long, the results do raise the possibility that, over time, this...

Inhibitors

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People with hemophilia have a higher quality of life today than ever before, but complications can still occur. As many as one third of people with hemophilia will develop an antibody—called an inhibitor—to the product used to treat or prevent bleeding episodes. Developing an inhibitor is one of the most serious and costly complications of hemophilia.    

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People with hemophilia have a higher quality of life today than ever before, but complications can still occur...

Diagnosis

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Many people who have or have had family members with hemophilia will ask that their baby boys get tested soon after birth.

About one-third of babies who are diagnosed with hemophilia have no other family members with the disorder. A doctor might check for hemophilia if a newborn is showing certain signs of hemophilia.

Diagnosis includes screening tests and clotting...

Many people who have or have had family members with hemophilia will ask that their baby boys get tested soon after...