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After living with sickle cell disease for decades, Tesha Samuels underwent gene therapy at National Institutes of Health.
March 01, 2023

Tesha Samuels advocates for others after living with sickle cell disease

Sickle cell disease affects more than 100,000 people in the United States every year, and for three decades, Tesha Samuels was...

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Sickle cell disease is a group of inherited red blood cell disorders that affect hemoglobin.
February 14, 2023

The costs of living with sickle cell disease in the United States

In the United States, more than 100,000 people are living with sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is a group of...

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Courtney Fitzhugh, M.D., is working to expand treatment options for sickle cell patients of all ages.
January 20, 2020

Investigating bone marrow transplants: A cure for some sickle cell disease patients

Sickle cell disease (SCD) specialists have performed bone marrow transplants in children since the 1990s. This procedure is the only...

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Musician and actress Jordin Sparks started advocating for those with sickle cell disease when she learned about her stepsister’s diagnosis.
January 16, 2020

Why Jordin Sparks wants more people to talk about sickle cell disease

"We need to end the stigma that can come with sickle cell disease. No one should feel alienated because they...

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January 15, 2020

From Africa to the U.S.: A young woman’s search for sickle cell disease treatment

"I can't describe the pain," says Yinka. "I had it everywhere in my body—my chest, my back, my...

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Russell E. Ware M.D., Ph.D., meets with a young sickle cell patient in Africa.
January 14, 2020

Treating sickle cell disease in children around the world

Russell E. Ware, M.D., Ph.D., had been researching sickle cell disease (SCD) in the U.S. for about 10...

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John Tisdale, M.D. (left), and Griffin Rodgers, M.D., lead sickle cell disease research at NIH.
January 13, 2020

Updates from NIH’s sickle cell disease scientists

Many people with sickle cell disease (SCD) are healthier and living longer thanks in part to research led and supported...

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John Tisdale, M.D., helps lead NIH's Clinical Center sickle cell disease research.
January 25, 2018

From bench to bedside: Researchers of NIH’s Clinical Center

NIH's Clinical Center is divided into two parts. One side is a hospital for patients. The other side includes...

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Deidra Flowers-Williams
January 25, 2018

A path to hope for sickle cell disease

Deidra Flowers-Williams realized in elementary school that she couldn't do the same things as other kids her age. She...

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Sickle-shaped cells are not flexible and can stick to vessel walls, causing a blockage.
January 25, 2018

Sickle cell disease: What you should know

What is it? Sickle cell disease is a group of red blood cell disorders passed by genes from parents to...

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Kirti Dasu underwent gene therapy at NIH.
January 24, 2018

Is a widely available cure for sickle cell disease on the horizon?

When the pain from sickle cell disease became too much, Kirti Dasu often went to the nearest hospital emergency room....

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