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Blood Disorders

Anemia
Anemia is common in teens because they undergo rapid growth spurts, when the body has a greater need for nutrients like iron. Learn about anemia, including how to lower your risk of getting it and how it's treated.

Hemophilia
For guys with a rare bleeding disorder called hemophilia, minor cuts and bruises can be a big deal. The good news is that it's a lot easier to control now than in the past, and most guys with hemophilia live pretty normal lives.

von Willebrand Disease
When people have von Willebrand disease, their blood doesn't clot properly. Cuts and wounds can't scab over as well and they might bleed longer than normal. Find out more about von Willebrand disease in this article for teens.

Blood Test (Video)
These videos show what's involved in getting a blood test and what it's like to be the person taking the blood sample.

My Friend Has Sickle Cell Disease. How Can I Help?
People with sickle cell disease need good friends who understand and can help them get through tough times. This article for teens helps you learn what you can do to be that friend.

Sickle Cell Anemia
More than 70,000 Americans have sickle cell anemia, which occurs when someone inherits two abnormal genes that cause red blood cells to change shape. Find out more.

Blood Types
Blood might look the same and do the same job, but tiny cell markers mean one person's body can reject another person's blood. Find out how blood types work in this article for teens.

Donating Blood
There's a 97% chance that someone you know will need a blood transfusion. Blood donors — especially donors with certain blood types — are always in demand. Find out what's involved in this article for teens.

Transitioning Your Medical Care: Sickle Cell Disease
At a certain point, you'll no longer be able to see your childhood doctor. There are a lot of steps to making a smooth switch to adult health care. Here are some tips for people living with sickle cell disease.

Sickle Cell Disease: Mike's Story (Video)
In this video Mike, 18, talks about living with sickle cell disease, including how he copes with pain episodes and manages his schoolwork.

Sickle Cell Disease: Theresa's Story (Video)
Theresa, 16, talks about managing her sickle cell when she's feeling well as a way to ward off pain crises and other problems.