Wednesday, September 15, 2010
100 years - Sickle Cell Awareness
September is National Sickle Cell Disease Awareness month and this year marks the 100th year anniversary. In 1910 the first research paper on sickle cell disease in Western medical literature was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine by Dr. James B. Herrick. In this paper he described the irregular shape of a patients red blood cell which is “the hallmark of the disease”.
While much has been done over these 100 years to improve the quality of life for those with sickle cell disease much more needs to be done since there is no “cure” for the disease. Better treatments are needed to help those living with the disease and the chronic anemia and pain associated with it.
Learn more about sickle cell disease and what you can do by visiting the website of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc.