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March 1978

Primary Care Medicine

Arch Intern Med. 1978;138(3):341-344. doi:10.1001/archinte.1978.03630270001001

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Pillow talk—with a real smack 

Cooley's anemia  A preliminary report on "the dimensions of the health problem posed by Cooley's anemia in the United States" goes to Congress soon.The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute—part of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md—is conducting the study at Congress' request. A final report is expected in late summer or early fall.It's estimated that 2,500 to 5,000 individuals have Cooley's anemia, or β thalassemia, in the United States. The institute estimates that "thousands of others are asymptomatic carriers of the genetic trait; when two carriers marry, there is one chance in four of transmitting the disease to their offspring and two chances in four that the offspring will be carriers."The condition presently requires periodic transfusions of whole blood or packed red cells, resulting in accumulation of iron compounds that are difficult to excrete. This hemochromatosis tends to impair

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