Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle-cell disease, or sickle-cell anaemia (or drepanocytosis), is a life-long blood disorder characterized by red blood cells that assume an abnormal, rigid, sickle shape. Sickling decreases the cells' flexibility and results in a risk of various complications.
Understanding Sickle Cell Disease

World Sickle Cell Day is June 19 and was created by the United Nations in 2006 to raise global awareness for sickle cell disease as a public health problem. Sickle cell disease is an extremely debilitating medical condition.

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Differences in immune response to SARS-CoV-2 determine disease severity, study finds

Differences in immune response to SARS-CoV-2 determine disease severity, study finds

Study explains why people of African descent are less likely to find bone marrow donors

Study explains why people of African descent are less likely to find bone marrow donors

Enriched diet and companionship can reduce pain in mice with sickle cell disease

Enriched diet and companionship can reduce pain in mice with sickle cell disease

Researchers identify genetic risk factors contributing to pneumonia susceptibility and severity

Researchers identify genetic risk factors contributing to pneumonia susceptibility and severity

New taxonomic classification of non-skeletal rare congenital disorders with impact on bone physiology

New taxonomic classification of non-skeletal rare congenital disorders with impact on bone physiology

New toolkit aims to maximize high-quality collection of thrombosis data in COVID-19 clinical studies

New toolkit aims to maximize high-quality collection of thrombosis data in COVID-19 clinical studies

Detailed simulations reveal new information on sickle cell disease

Detailed simulations reveal new information on sickle cell disease

New diagnostic technology accurately tests for anemia, sickle cell disease

New diagnostic technology accurately tests for anemia, sickle cell disease

Experimental stem cell gene therapy may give a new lease of life for patient with sickle cell disease

Experimental stem cell gene therapy may give a new lease of life for patient with sickle cell disease

UTHSC and Regeneron partner to advance precision medicine

UTHSC and Regeneron partner to advance precision medicine

New technology precisely diagnoses sickle cell disease in a minute

New technology precisely diagnoses sickle cell disease in a minute

Study may provide the basis for better diagnostic, therapeutic approaches to blood diseases

Study may provide the basis for better diagnostic, therapeutic approaches to blood diseases

Majority of U.S. COVID-19 fatalities had underlying medical conditions

Majority of U.S. COVID-19 fatalities had underlying medical conditions

New York Blood Center receives $15.6 million NIH grant for sickle cell transfusion research

New York Blood Center receives $15.6 million NIH grant for sickle cell transfusion research

New research project receives federal funding to expand treatment options for sickle cell patients

New research project receives federal funding to expand treatment options for sickle cell patients

Cannabis could be a potentially effective treatment for sickle cell disease pain

Cannabis could be a potentially effective treatment for sickle cell disease pain

PCORI approves up to $50 million in funding for new projects to address COVID-19

PCORI approves up to $50 million in funding for new projects to address COVID-19

Globally, 350 million could be at risk of severe COVID-19 and hospitalization

Globally, 350 million could be at risk of severe COVID-19 and hospitalization

Study provides genetic explanation behind the sex bias observed in certain diseases

Study provides genetic explanation behind the sex bias observed in certain diseases

Higher prevalence of anxiety disorders in youth with chronic medical conditions

Higher prevalence of anxiety disorders in youth with chronic medical conditions