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Adult Sickle Cell Drug May Benefit Kids, Too

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SUNDAY, Dec. 11 (HealthDay News) -- A drug called hydroxyurea that's approved for use in adults with severe sickle cell anemia can also help young children with the disease, new research suggests.

Children with sickle cell anemia younger than 4 years old who took the medication had fewer emergency department visits for pain crises, hospital admissions, illnesses with fever and need for transfusions, the study found.

"Hydroxyurea may be an option for all children with sickle cell anemia. If...

SUNDAY, Dec. 11 (HealthDay News) -- A drug called hydroxyurea that's approved for use in adults with severe sickle cell anemia can also help young children with the disease, new research suggests.

Children with sickle cell anemia younger...

Information and Resources for Caregivers: Sickle Cell Disease

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What Is Sickle Cell Disease? Who Gets Sickle Cell Disease? Common Symptoms of Sickle Cell Disease What You Can Do to... ...

Find a Genetic Counselor

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NSGC's Find a Genetic Counselor directory has been developed to assist physicians, patients and other genetic counelors in locating genetic counseling services and for students curious about the profession. Genetic Counselors can be searched by State, City, Counselor's Name, Institution, Work Setting, Type of Specialty or Zip Code. We hope you find this service helpful.

 

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Sickle Cell Disease Quiz

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Sickle Cell Disease is one of the most common genetic diseases in the United States. Sickle cell disease affects about 70,000 to 100,000 Americans.Test Your Knowledge...

1. True or False: Only African Americans get sickle cell disease.

a) True

b) False

 

2. True or False: It's still important to know whether or not you have sickle cell trait even if you don't have any symptoms.

a) True

b) False

 

3. True or False: People with sickle cell disease cannot get malaria.

a) True

b)...

Sickle Cell Disease Tied to 'Silent Strokes' in Children

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Anemia and high blood pressure together or alone increased the risk in study of young patients

FRIDAY, Dec. 2 (HealthDay News) -- Children with sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder, who also have high blood pressure and/or anemia are at increased risk for so-called "silent strokes," according to a new study.

Silent strokes, which cause no symptoms, "are typically seen in older adults, and these findings give us additional insight into why they tend to occur so often in children...