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Although hemoglobinopathies such as alpha+ thalassemia and the sickle cell trait might contribute to anemia in African children, we hypothesized that they might also enhance iron absorption under circumstances of critical availability, and that this could attenuate their hematologic effects. We found no support for this hypothesis in a cohort of children living on the coast of Kenya.

Type

Journal

Haematologica

Publication Date

04/2005

Volume

90

Pages

552 - 554

Keywords

Humans, Malaria, Falciparum, Sickle Cell Trait, alpha-Thalassemia, Anemia, Iron-Deficiency, Iron, Dietary, Endemic Diseases, Nutritional Status, Child, Child, Preschool, Kenya, Female, Male, Ferritins