Author Archives: Vanda Pinto PhD

Sexual Problems Nearly 4 Times More Likely for Hemophilia Patients

People with hemophilia are nearly four times more likely to experience sexual problems than are individuals without bleeding disorders, according to the results of a new international survey. The survey found that problems with sexual intimacy in patients with hemophilia were associated with older age, experiencing acute or chronic pain…

HFA Tackles Mental Health ‘Head-on’ With New Wellbeing Courses

The Hemophilia Federation of America (HFA) is now offering mental health and wellbeing courses, through its Learning Central program, to support people with hemophilia, as well as their caregivers. Topic areas include anxiety, suicide, trauma, pain management, depression, and grief. Offered resources in the program’s library can be…

COVID-19 May Trigger Acquired Hemophilia A, Case Study Says

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, might have triggered acquired hemophilia A (AHA) in a 65-year-old man with a clinical history of autoimmune thyroid disease, a U.S. case study reports. This case suggests that COVID-19 infection should be considered when looking for potential causes of AHA. The study, “…

Quality of Life Benefits Seen With Long-term Hemlibra Use in Trials

Preventive treatment with Hemlibra (emicizumab) sustainably improved physical health-related quality of life and led to fewer missed workdays among people with severe hemophilia A without inhibitors, an analysis of pooled data from two clinical trials found. According to researchers, these findings add to previous data showing that Hemlibra…

Elective Surgery Safe in Australia for Hemophilia, Bleeding Disorders

Complication rates for elective surgeries in people with inherited bleeding disorders like hemophilia are low in Australia, reflecting good safety in their performance despite guidelines not always being followed, a study reported. Use of a specialty hemophilia treatment center (HTC) for surgery, and use of factor replacement therapy were among guidelines sometimes…

Preventive Hemlibra May Lower Hemophilia A Treatment Costs

Starting or switching to prophylactic, or preventive Hemlibra (emicizumab) may lead to a significant reduction in treatment-associated expenses for hemophilia A patients in the U.S., a real-world study reported. These findings highlight the cost-benefits of using Hemlibra — and may help future cost analysis studies in assessing new…