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  • Beta Thalassemia for Parents

    Beta thalassemia is a blood disorder in which the body has a problem producing beta globin, a component of hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen throughout the body.

  • Sickle Cell Disease Factsheet (for Schools) for Parents

    What teachers should know about sickle cell disease, and how to help students with sickle cell disease succeed in school.

  • Blood for Kids

    The thought of blood may make you cringe, but blood is also keeping you going. Learn more about blood problems and disorders in this subsection devoted to this important substance.

  • I Have Sickle Cell Disease. What Should I Know About Going Away to College? for Teens

    Find out what the experts have to say.

  • Will I Pass Sickle Cell Disease on to My Children? for Teens

    Find out what the experts say.

  • Surgeries and Procedures: Blood Transfusion for Parents

    A blood transfusion is a safe and relatively simple medical procedure that replaces blood lost during surgery or because of an injury or illness.

  • Blood Transfusions for Teens

    About 5 million people a year get blood transfusions in the United States. This article explains why people need them and who donates the blood used.

  • Blood Test: Hemoglobin Electrophoresis for Parents

    A hemoglobin electrophoresis can help diagnose diseases involving abnormal hemoglobin production, and often is performed as part of newborn screening tests.

  • Heart & Blood Vessels for Parents

    Learn about conditions that may affect the heart and circulatory system.

  • Fifth Disease for Parents

    Especially common in kids between the ages of 5 and 15, fifth disease is a viral illness that produces a distinctive red rash on the face, body, arms, and legs.