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Common pain reliever safe for use in children with inherited blood cell disorder

Red blood cells in the human body are continuously subjected to oxidative stress, in which highly reactive molecules damage cellular components. Blood cells have a mechanism in place to deal with this stress, an enzyme called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD). But in about 400 million people worldwide, G6PD is deficient, leaving blood cells vulnerable to oxidation and a destructive process known as hemolysis, which can result in severe, potentially life-threatening anemia. Read More

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