Category Archives: sickle cell mortality

Hydroxycarbamide and “silent cerebral infarcts”

The first reports dating from 1995 showed that taking hydroxycarbamide regularly reduced the frequency of painful crises and of the acute chest syndrome and also reduced the need for blood transfusion. This breakthrough has since been followed by numerous reports … Continue reading

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A long life with sickle cell disease

Sickle cell disease is often described as a “life limiting disorder”. Not so long ago children and teenagers were sometimes told that they would be “lucky to see their 21st birthday”. In many parts of the world it remains the … Continue reading

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Asthma and sickle cell disease

In celebration of World Sickle Cell Day on June 19th The Lancet has published a series of specially commissioned articles on controversial topics in sickle cell. The first, written by Michael DeBaun, from Vanderbilt University, Nashville and Robert Strunk, from … Continue reading

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The global burden of sickle cell disease – wasted lives

Over 300,000 babies are born with sickle cell anaemia each year, more than three quarters of them in sub-Saharan Africa (1). It is often said that the vast majority of these babies do not survive into adult life. But what … Continue reading

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