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Help Blood Brothers Aid, Inc Create Awareness About Hemophilia

April 30, 2013

So a friend in the office who just decided to take up medicine just received a good news – she passed the entrance exams for medical course (congratulations girl!). How big it is to have an MD after your name (like Doogie Howser, MD) – of course, I remember the sweet kid (and I thought of re-watching the episodes! Ah, nostalgia..)

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Good for people who have decided to make the move in making their dreams happen, and better for people who means dealing with illnesses every working day of their lives. I have high respect to them.  I fear the sight of blood, and I know I can never be a nurse, or a doctor. It was a surprise that I can get by dealing with my monthly period – and yes, I fear the cycle. 
I therefore conclude, I can never be a vampire too. I can never be a Bella – and I can never make an Edward and Jacob fall in love with me. 
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Speaking of blood, April is considered World Hemophilia Month and Blood Brothers Aid Inc., a non-profit organization based in the Philippines, aims to raise awareness about hemophilia in the country and to get more Filipinos to recognize the problem and help through blood or monetary donations.
Do you know someone who has Hemophilia? It is a condition characterized by the inability to clot blood – like wound taking a while to heal, example during tooth extraction. Quick check on myself – I have good blood clotting activity. 
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The condition is due to lack of protein which is instrumental in clotting. 
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How would you know one has Hemophilia? 
The usual symptoms of hemophilia include deep bruising, joint pain and swelling caused by internal bleeding, spontaneous bleeding (e.g. nosebleeds), or prolonged bleeding from cuts, after surgery, or after a tooth extraction.

How to Test?
Hemophilia can be diagnosed by taking a blood sample and measuring the level of clotting factor activity in the blood.
What’s the Treatment for Hemophilia?
Hemophilia is mainly treated with replacement therapy. Clotting factor concentrates taken from healthy blood is injected into a hemophiliac’s bloodstream. Once it reaches the affected area, bleeding is expected to slow down and eventually stop. This treatment has to be done shortly after injury so as to avoid further pain, as well as damage to the person’s muscles, joints, and organs.
The sad part is – clotting factor concentrates, however, are not readily available in the Philippines. International groups or volunteers ship medicine in from other countries, though supplies are minimal. In the absence of these drugs, a person in need of replacement therapy would require blood or plasma transfusions, and are at the mercy of the limited supply of blood available in hospitals. There are reported incidents of deaths among hemophiliacs due to the long wait for blood donations.
In this case, people need to be aware if one has a condition so treatment can be given, more importantly, spread awareness.
Please help Blood Brothers Aid, Inc with its advocacy, visit
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