Earlier this week, I posted on my Help My Hurt blog about sickle cell anemia. If you'd like to read more about it, you can find the post here: Sickle Cell Anemia. It's not a well-known illness as are many illnesses that are often restricted to certain ethnic populations.
Sickle cell disease affects mostly people of African-American or Mediterranean descent, although it can affect - and does affect - others. It's a very painful disorder. For a good, brief overview of sickle cell, I found this video on Medical News Today: Sickle cell and pain.The short video features someone who has sickle cell anemia and an interview with Wally, R. Smith, MD, the lead author of a recent study Daily Assessment of Pain in Adults with Sickle Cell Disease, which was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, January 15th issue.
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