Sickle Cell Anemia Treatment
Sickle-cell disease (SCD) is a group of blood disorders typically inherited from a person's parents. The most common type is known as sickle-cell anaemia (SCA). It results in an abnormality in the oxygen-carrying protein haemoglobin found in red blood cells. This leads to a rigid, sickle-like shape under certain circumstances. Problems in sickle cell disease typically begin around 5 to 6 months of age. A number of health problems may develop, such as attacks of pain ("sickle-cell crisis"), anemia, swelling in the hands and feet, bacterial infections, and stroke. When treated with adult stem cells, patients have reported revitalized hemoglobin levels and a longer lifespan. Watch these success stories.
Life is full of surprises. Just ask Darlene and Joseph Davis who seem to have had a lifetime of surprises—good and bad, then good again—already.
As a healthcare professional, Joe Davis knew quite well the risks that his children might be born with sickle cell anemia, a blood disease affecting one of every 500 African-Americans that is passed on to offspring through genetic traits. But sickle cell anemia is a fact of life and his wife Darlene desperately wanted a baby. When Joe Jr. was born, they were both thrilled, particularly since Darlene had been diagnosed as infertile and needed special reproductive treatments to get pregnant. Read More >>>