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Contraception Counseling for SCD Women Found to Vary by Provider

Contraception practices and counseling for adolescent and young adult women with sickle cell disease (SCD) vary by the healthcare provider, especially among clinicians with more or less experience, a survey reported. Established clinicians were found to be more likely to provide contraceptive counseling than those still in training, by…

Higher Hydroxyurea Exposure Tied to Better Blood Parameters in US

Children with sickle cell disease (SCD) exposed to higher doses of the oral therapy hydroxyurea report better blood-related clinical parameters than those with lower exposure, according to a new study from the U.S. The favorable outcomes were linked to higher adherence to treatment, suggesting that “adherence interventions have…

Oxbryta Granted Marketing Approval in Great Britain

Oxbryta (voxelotor) has been granted marketing approval in Great Britain to treat hemolytic anemia in people ages 12 and older with sickle cell disease (SCD). Eligible patients may take the once-daily oral therapy alone or in combination with hydroxyurea, a standard SCD therapy. The approval was granted…

Enzyme Deficiency Appears to Worsen Sickle Cell Symptoms

The prevalence of a genetic disorder affecting red blood cells, called glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency, was equally high among people with sickle cell disease (SCD) and healthy blood donors in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a study has found. In addition, among SCD patients, the presence of G6PD…

NFL Player Tackles Sickle Cell Disease for His Daughter

Tevin Coleman brought the snow inside last winter. Coleman, a running back for the New York Jets, his wife Akilah Coleman, and twins celebrated Christmas in January, to accommodate the last few weeks of the NFL regular season. His daughter, Nazaneen, 4, has sickle cell disease, and cold weather…