New St Patrick’s Day Tradition: Ferritin Checks Save Lives!

March 16, 2014

Here is a modest proposal to save lives on St. Patrick’s Day: Get your ferritin checked! This is a simple blood test to let you know how your body is handling iron. If your ferritin is “high” then your body may be loading iron, which can cause serious damage to joints, liver, heart, brain, and […]

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10 things to know about ports, the ones for blood not ships

February 10, 2014

10 points about “ports” that are installed in patients who need to endure a lot of blood drawing due to excess iron from hereditary hemochromatosis or HH. Frequent therapeutic phlebotomy can be hell on your veins and a port might be the way to go.

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Hemochromatosis tall tales and the HFE gene

September 3, 2013
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The effect of HFE hemochromatosis on human height is considered in a recent study, and it adds to other selection factors that could have led to the spread of this mutation over thousands of years.

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Hemochromatosis and cinical trials

August 29, 2013
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If you or a loved one suffers from hereditary hemochromatosis (HH), you may have experienced the widespread frustration that comes with this condition, frustration that you can’t get answers, or treatment, or relief from the damage done by iron overload. One non-conventional medical strategy you might consider is clinical trials. Before you look at how […]

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Could Randy Travis be suffering from hereditary hemochromatosis?

July 28, 2013
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The widely reported health problems of singer and actor Randy Travis may serve to draw attention to the connection between iron overload cardiomyopathy (IOC) and hereditary hemochromatosis (HH). PLEASE NOTE: This article does not say Randy Travis has hemochromatosis.

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Haemochromatosis testing questions: serum iron, ferritin, genes, scales and other basic info

July 7, 2013
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Basic questions about testing for haemochromatosis (hemochromatosis) answered, plus suggestions those worried they may have the genetic form of the condition, as well as healthy individuals who want to be proactive.

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We’re back from the hack: We appreciate your patience

April 20, 2013
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Celtic Curse is back after some thoughtless cyber criminals attacked the server on which this website is stored and used it for their own purposes. We have taken measures to prevent a recurrence and will try to keep the helpful information coming.

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Featured Hemochromatosis Resource: MedlinePlus from NIH

March 20, 2013
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From time to time here on Celtic Curse we will be highlighting hemochromatosis sources that we think are particularly helpful. The first of these is from MedlinePlus, which is aservice of the U.S. National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health.

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American College of Clinical Pathologists (ACCP) backs hemochromatosis test for all by 25

September 21, 2012

Correction: We recently reported that a respected group of physicians backs universal testing for hemochromatosis. It seems there may have been some errors in that report because the best reference to universal hemochromatosis testing that I have been able to locate is at the CAP, the College of American Pathologists, not the American Society of Clinical […]

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The Original Hemo-pause Post: What women of a certain age should know about HH

September 1, 2012

Back at the beginning of September, 2010, I found out that September was Menopause Awareness Month. This rang a bell, and not just because I had recently written several articles related to Hemochromatosis Awareness Month, which is July. I had also been monitoring traffic on the hemochromatosis page on Facebook and noticing a trend, something […]

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National Menopause Awareness Month + Hemochromatosis = $50 off 23andMe gene test

September 1, 2012
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September is National Menopause Awareness Month and what better way to mark the occasion than getting your genes checked for hereditary hemochromatosis. Why? Because menopause ends the monthly blood loss that can mask the most common deadly genetic condition in America: hereditary hemochromatosis (also called iron overload, Celtic Curse, bronze diabetes, or HH and HHC […]

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Chronic Pain and Hemochromatosis: How bad can the bad news get?

June 10, 2012

Hemochromatosis can create and/or exacerbate a lot of problems for your body, including but not limited to diabetes, liver disease, liver cancer, heart disease, and joint/spine problems. The last item, which can produce deep and unrelenting pain, is sometimes overlooked in the general “What is Hemochromatosis?” literature. There may be a good reason for this: […]

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