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Sickle Cell Cure Brings Mix of Anxiety and Hope
Terry Jackson lives a life dominated by sickle cell disease. The genetic disorder, in which misshapen red cells become wedged in blood vessels, causes him daily bone pain and lower back pain and has sent him to the hospital for pain treatment and life threatening emergencies for five decades. He has frequent transfusions of fresh blood. The disease has directed his every choice. It led him to get a Ph.D. in genetics from Duke University because he became fascinated with the science behind it. It is central to his identity.
This year, Dr. Jackson and other people with sickle cell may have the option of finally living without the damage the disease causes. Two drug companies are seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration for gene therapies that may provide what amounts to a cure. But the decision to take the medication — should it become available — it turns out, is not so simple.
education & research8 Tips to Support Students With Sickle Cell DiseaseIn the United States, sickle cell diseas...
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people & placesLisa M. Shook, MA, MCHES, CCPLisa M. Shook is an Assistant Professor ...
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videos & visualsAdvances in the Treatment of Sickle Cell Disease: L-Glutamine, Crizanlizumab & Gene Therapyhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkm4axJ3...
videos & visualsBack to School Tips for Sickle Cell Awareness Monthhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eR7tqmjT...
Community CenterThe Warrior SeriesAfter a recent stint in the hospital, I ...
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