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CARING FOR THE SICKLE CELL PATIENT by Stephanie S. Jewett Posted Wed 03 Mar 2010 12:00am Mar 03           Caring for the sickle cell patient requires a lot of nursing skill and paying strict attention to many signs and symptoms of the disease.  Sickle cell anemia is a serious illness in which the body makes sickle-shaped red blood cells.  “Sickle-shaped” means that t ... Read on »
Sickle Cell Anemia: Carriers Get Protection by Lisa E. L. Patient Expert Posted Thu 19 Nov 2009 10:02pm Have you ever wondered why harmful genetic mutations remain in the gene pool? A mutation in the beta-globin gene provides an example of how a genetic mutation can both help you and hurt you. With one copy of the mutated gene: individuals are protected against malaria, which is a selective advantage (and so this mutation is sure to stay in t ... Read on »
Existing Drug Treatment Reduces Pain In Young Sickle Cell Anemia Patients by Ed H. Doctor of Pharmacy Posted Thu 12 May 2011 9:36pm A cancer drug already used to treat adults and school-age children with sickle cell anemia is safe and significantly reduces pain and other complications of the disease in children as young as 9 months, according to a national study involving a UT Southwestern Medical Center researcher. Pediatric researchers at UT Southwestern and 13 other ... Read on »
Variations of Sickle Cell by Tosin Ola Registered NurseHealth Maven Posted Mon 08 Dec 2008 4:47am Since sickle cell is a mutation of a strand of chromosomes, there are several different strains or variations. Here are the five most commonly documented: Sickle cell trait: The person is carrying the defective gene, HbS, but also has some normal hemoglobin, HbA. Persons with sickle cell trait are usually without symptoms of the disease but hav ... Read on »
STEM CELLS TREAT SICKLE CELL ANEMIA by David Granovsky Posted Thu 31 Jan 2013 12:00am “A possible cure for a debilitating disease, it strikes one in 500 African Americans. Many live day-to-day on heavy painkillers. Now a new take on an old treatment may put an end to their suffering.  Dr. Damiano Rondelli, University of Illinois Hospital Hematologist: “It’s a social issue. It’s not just a medical issue. The cost, the ... Read on »
The Devastating Effects Of Sickle Cell Anemia by quiact Posted Wed 01 Apr 2009 3:02pm Sickle Cell Anemia (SCA) is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder, which means that one is born missing a chromosome, which is what shares DNA with another. And SCA causes chronic hemolytic anemia, which unlike anemia itself, actually destroys the red blood cells within a SCA patient, and not simply is depleted of such cells as is the case with a ... Read on »
Adult stem cells cure child of sickle cell anemia by Stem Cells Malaysia Patient Expert Posted Wed 10 Jun 2009 6:46pm 1 Comment Research using adult stem cells has saved the life of a Texas boy suffering from sickle cell anemia.   Dallas-area residents Joe and Darlene Davis welcomed the news of a pregnancy and later the birth of their first son.  Texas Alliance for Life  recorded an interview with the couple.   "I was very excited to find that I had a son -- b ... Read on »
Diet For Sickle Cell Anemia by Tosin Ola Registered NurseHealth Maven Posted Sat 12 Jan 2013 1:23pm Written by Sickle Cell Warrior on 12 January 2013 Apparently, people with sickle cell have lower levels of thiocynate in their blood, a compound and reduces ‘sickling’. This is evidenced by those SCD patients living in the Caribbean or African countries who have very few painful episodes, but ... Read on »
Exercising with Sickle Cell Anemia by Tosin Ola Registered NurseHealth Maven Posted Fri 12 Sep 2008 4:30am My newest fetish is hitting the gym. I love going to the gym. My doc says it's okay as long as I hydrate and don't overdo anything. There is something about pushing my body to it's limit that makes me feel absolutely invigorated. As the blood pumps through when I'm doing my cardio, I can almost imagine that it's clearing out the sickle cells and ... Read on »
Hydroxyurea Does Not Cause Genetic Damage In Children With Sickle Cell Anemia by Ed H. Doctor of Pharmacy Posted Mon 12 Dec 2011 8:58pm Young infants and toddlers with sickle cell anemia who received the drug hydroxyurea were no more likely to have cellular genetic damage than those who received a placebo or inactive medicine, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., yesterday at the American Societ ... Read on »