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Lack of Vitamin D in SCD Children Linked to Worse Hospital Outcomes in Study

BY MARISA WEXLER, MS Children and adolescents with sickle cell disease (SCD) who lack vitamin D are hospitalized more often due to pain crises, have longer hospital stays, and make more frequent visits to the emergency room, a new study has found. The study, “The association between vitamin D deficiency and hospitalization outcomes in pediatric...

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High Fever and Poor Blood Oxygen Levels Linked to Acute Chest Syndrome in SCD, Study Says

BY IQRA MUMAL, MSC IN NEWS. Acute chest syndrome, a serious complication of sickle cell disease that can accompany a vaso-occlusive crisis, is more likely in SCD patients who run high fevers, and have low blood oxygen levels and poor spleen function during such crises, a study of hospital records suggests. Other possible predictors of...

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SICKLE CELL DISORDER

Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder. It is marked by flawed hemoglobin. That’s the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen to the tissues of the body. So, sickle cell disease interferes with the delivery of oxygen to the tissues. Red blood cells with normal hemoglobin are...

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A PASSIONATE APPEAL

AJIRIOGHENE OROMENA OGBOI (NEE UZIEWE) is a 35-year-old sickle cell patient and suffers from necrosis in her hips, leaving her bedridden and necessitating URGENT hip replacement surgery. She needs N3.8 million for the surgery. Since May 2019 when the condition developed, this mother of an eight-year-old boy has been in...

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MYTHS ABOUT SEX BY DR BECKY SOLOMON

  This is going to be an interactive section. Pls I need everyone to think about the things they heard about sex. I would answer if it is true or false. SEXUAL HEALTH  So Human Sexuality is an integral part of our existence, it is a vital aspect of humanity...

DEPRESSION AND STRESS IN WARRIORS BY DR BECKY 1

DEPRESSION AND STRESS IN WARRIORS BY DR BECKY

So I’m sure you’re wondering why I am talking about this topic. It is very dear to my heart, because we as warriors live with a chronic disease which predisposes us to A Lot of Stress and Even Clinical Depression.  We need to learn How to Manage either aspects or...

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FDA approves Oxbryta for SCD

The FDA granted accelerated approval to voxelotor for the treatment of sickle cell disease. The approval applies to use of the therapy for patients aged 12 years and older. Voxelotor (Oxbryta, Global Blood Therapeutics) — an oral agent taken once daily — is the first approved treatment that directly inhibits...

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HOW TO COPE WITH NEGATIVE ENERGY AS A WARRIOR

People who are pessimistic always go about life reeking and dropping off negative energies anywhere they go to and with whoever they come in contact with. They always see the bad in every good and they always seek ways to put other people down. They stir up emotions and get...

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DACTYLITIS IN WARRRIORS

What is dactylitis? Dactylitis is a severe pain that affects the bones of the hands or feet and sometimes both. It is the first symptom, the first indicator of sickle cell disease, especially in babies. Dactylitis is caused by a blockage or restraint of blood circulation. What are the symptoms...