Hemochromatosis: Blood Disease Not Lucky for Irish

Dr. Nancy Andrews on blood disease often seen in Irish descendants.
1:04 | 03/16/12

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He looked comatose this is a disease. Where the body has too much iron. The iron tends to deposit in places like the liver and pancreas and heart. Particularly the liver causing cirrhosis and sometimes even liver failure. -- the comatose this is particularly common in people who can Trace their ancestry. To the British trials because we know from scientific evidence. That centuries back one individual had a genetic mistake that caused this disease. And his or her -- -- and spread throughout the world. And now. Many people around the world as he -- from explosives. But it's particularly common in the British Isles and and particularly in Ireland the treatment for incremental justice. Has been used for about sixty years now. And it's actually bloodletting it's removing blood from patients because red blood cells contain a lot of iron and so. A quick and effective way to remove iron from the society is to take -- blood.

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