World Sickle Cell Day

June 19 was designated as World Sickle Cell day by the 63rd session of United Nations in 2008.

Origins of Sickle Cell

Increasing fetal hemoglobin in people with homozygous sickle cell alleviates all symptoms of SCD. The Google map shows four independent genetic origins, or haplotypes, of SCD in different regions (ellipses) and the subsequent migrations of populations (white arrows). The solid white arrow is to signify the forced migration of Western Africa peoples as slaves to […]

Facts About SICKLE CELL DISEASE (SCD)

In the United States, SCD affects primarily people of African descent. But this pattern of prevalence is changing, with increasing numbers with SCD being found among Hispanics, Native Americans and Caucasians. SCD affects a large percentage of people in Central America as well as significant numbers in the Carribean and in South American countries such […]