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Severe Blood Shortage Due To Coronavirus Outbreak

The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations during this coronavirus outbreak. Healthy individuals are needed to donate now to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.

Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. Watch this video on the safety and need for blood donations.  Right now, eligible and healthy donors are strongly urged to make an appointment to give soon. But please postpone your donation for 28 days following travel to China and its special administrative regions, Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Iran, Italy and South Korea, or if you’ve been diagnosed with or have had contact with anyone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19.

Mar 17, 2020
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Sickle Cell Disease: After Years of Neglect Some Promise for Sufferers

It’s Black History Month, when the nation commemorates the many achievements and contributions of African Americans.

It’s also a time to reflect on certain health issues with significant mortality and morbidity that disproportionately afflict African Americans.

Sickle cell disease (SCD) is one such health problem. SCD is a group of congenital red blood cell disorders, named sickle cell for the crescent shape of red blood cells. SCD alters the structure of hemoglobin, the molecule in red blood cells that delivers oxygen to organs and tissue throughout the body. The most common SCD disorder type is sickle cell anemia.

SCD affects millions of people worldwide. In the U.S., approximately 100,000 individuals are living with the congenital disease. The disease predominantly impacts people of sub-Saharan African descent.

SCD causes significant morbidity, including severe pain, anemia, organ damage, and infections. The disease also leads to premature mortality.

 

Feb 17, 2020