Abby Koors


*Thalassemia is when your blood doesn't have the average amount of oxygen- carrying protein (Beta Protein)

* Any age can be affected

* Fewer than 200,000 cases per year (rare disease)

* Must have doctors diagnosis

* Can last for few years, or be long term

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* Fatigue

* Weakness

* Stunted growth

* Paleness

* Shortness of breath

* Yellowing of skin and eyes

How it's inherited

* If your body doesn't carry enough Beta protein

* Occurs when there is a mutation in the gene that codes for Alpha Globins
* Recessive trait- can only occur if a parent is a carrier of the mutated gene

* Many generations can be affected

Current Studies and Tests/ Treatments

* No cure has been discovered

* Scientists have been working on determining if the Beta protein can be inserted in the blood through certain transactions, but sadly nothing has been detected yet

* Blood transfusions can take place

* Donor stem-cell transplant


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