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National Sickle Cell Awareness Day Act Passed by the Canadian Government
On November 22, 2017, the Canadian House of Commons passed Bill S-211 to designate the nineteenth day of June in each and every year as “National Sickle Cell Awareness Day”.  [...]
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World Sickle Cell Day Established by the United Nations
World Sickle Cell Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2008 in order to increase the awareness about the Sickle Cell Disease and its cure among the [...]
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Newborn Screening for Sickle Cell begins in Ontario
In November 2006, Hemoglobinopathy (HbSS, HbSC, and Hbs/ß-thalassemia) screening in newborns began in the province of Ontario.
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Setback in Gene Therapy Jesse Gelsinger
Because sickle cell anaemia is caused by one defective gene, it is a good candidate for gene therapy. If the sickle cell gene can be replaced by a normal gene [...]
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FDA Approves the Use of the Drug Hydroxyurea to Treat Sickle Cell
Much of the pharmacological research to treat sickle cell focused on drugs that would induce the production of fetal haemoglobin because of its protective role. The first drug to be [...]
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First Reported Cure for Sickle Cell: Bone Marrow Transplantation
The first reported case of using a bone marrow transplantation to cure sickle cell disease was performed on an 8-year-old girl that also had acute leukemia. The bone marrow of [...]
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National Sickle Cell Awareness Month Instituted in the USA
September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. The annual observance originated in 1975 when the National Association for Sickle Cell Disease (NASCD) and its member organizations began conducting month-long events to [...]
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Penicillin Recognized as Preventative Medicine for Children with Sickle Cell
Loss of splenic function (see Disease complications and Treatment section for more information) makes Sickle cell patients more susceptible to bacterial infections, especially pneumococci which results in Pneumococcal meningitis. In [...]
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Sickle Gene Mapped
Development of DNA sequencing by Walter Gilbert and Frederick Sanger allowed the mapping of the sickle cell gene. DNA is made up of four different bases (these are the letters [...]
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