Hemophilia Community Leaders Provide Advice to Patients and Families at LivingWithHemophilia.com

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Healthcare professionals and hemophilia community leaders answer questions, provide practical tips and tools to patients and families

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Nearly every day, people living with hemophilia are faced with unique challenges

Patients and families living with hemophilia now can receive professional advice from industry experts by visiting LivingWithHemophilia.com, an online magazine launched by Bayer HealthCare earlier this year. The recently launched "ask the expert" functionality allows visitors to the site an opportunity to submit questions answered by hemophilia community leaders. The healthcare expert for August is patient advocate, educator, and author Laurie Kelley, who is available to answer questions on how to prepare for health insurance issues while managing life with hemophilia.

"Nearly every day, people living with hemophilia are faced with unique challenges," said Kelley, who is the mother of a child with hemophilia. "LivingWithHemophilia.com provides these patients and families solutions, insight, and expert advice in an easy to understand, interactive way."

Patients and families also can find articles written by healthcare professionals, such as guest contributor Susan C. Zappa, the bleeding disorders nurse coordinator at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth. This month, Zappa provides readers with information on the benefits of hemophilia summer camps.

Visitors to the online magazine can subscribe to a new e-newsletter for regular updates on available resources and program activities. Subscribers receive e-mail notifications about new content and interactive capabilities available on LivingWithHemophilia.com.

LivingWithHemophilia.com is designed to make life easier for patients and families with hemophilia by providing opportunities to interact with healthcare experts; tips for keeping kids active, healthy, and safe; ideas for managing family life; and time-saving instructions for treating hemophilia.

About Hemophilia A
Hemophilia A, also known as factor VIII deficiency or classic hemophilia, is largely an inherited bleeding disorder in which one of the proteins needed to form blood clots in the body is missing or reduced. Hemophilia A, the most common type of hemophilia, is caused by deficient or defective blood coagulation proteins, known as factor VIII. Hemophilia A is characterized by prolonged or spontaneous bleeding, especially into the muscles, joints, or internal organs. Approximately one in 5,000 males born in the United States has hemophilia.

About Bayer HealthCare LLC
Bayer HealthCare LLC, an affiliate of Bayer HealthCare AG, is one of the world's leading, innovative companies in the healthcare and medical products industry and is based in Leverkusen, Germany. The company combines the global activities of the Animal Health, Consumer Care, Diabetes Care, and Pharmaceuticals divisions. The Pharmaceuticals division comprises the following business units: Women's Healthcare, Diagnostic Imaging, Specialized Therapeutics, Hematology/Cardiology, Primary Care, and Oncology. Bayer HealthCare's aim is to discover and manufacture products that will improve human and animal health worldwide. The products enhance well-being and quality of life by diagnosing, preventing and treating diseases. To learn more about Bayer HealthCare LLC, visit their website: http://www.pharma.bayer.com.

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