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February 7, 2016

Double Enzyme Hit May Explain Common Cancer Drug Side Effect

Oct. 12, 2015 — Many leukemias are caused by loss of the enzyme Pten. Some anti-leukemia treatments work by inhibiting another enzyme called Shp2. Researchers have now found that mice lacking both of these enzymes ... read more

Genes That Protect African Children from Developing Malaria Identified

Oct. 1, 2015 — Variations in DNA at a specific location (or 'locus') on the genome that protect African children from developing severe malaria, in some cases nearly halving a child's chance of ... read more

Researcher Finds Novel Way to Monitor Serious Blood Disorder Using a Smart Phone

Sep. 22, 2015 — A researcher will develop a portable smart sensor and a phone application for patients with sickle cell disease to analyze and store the results of their blood tests on a smart phone, states a new ... read more

Hospital Reduces Emergency Wait Time, Improves Care for Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease Patients

Sep. 21, 2015 — An American hospital has significantly reduced the amount of time that pediatric patients experiencing pain from sickle cell disease wait before receiving pain medication when they come to the ... read more

Sep. 16, 2015 — Researchers, using CRISPR-based gene-editing tools, have found that changes to a small stretch of DNA may circumvent the genetic defect behind sickle cell disease (SCD). The discovery creates a path ... read more

Microbiome Implicated in Sickle Cell Disease; Antibiotics Can Counter Its Effects

Sep. 16, 2015 — New research on sickle cell disease (SCD) has found that using antibiotics to deplete the body’s microbiome may prevent acute sickle cell crisis and could offer the first effective strategy for ... read more

Study of Gene Mutations in Aplastic Anemia May Help Optimize Treament

July 1, 2015 — Scientists have identified a group of genetic mutations in patients with aplastic anemia, which likely will help doctors optimize treatment for this rare and deadly blood condition. The study could ... read more

New Age of Genome Editing Could Lead to Cure for Sickle Cell Anemia

May 14, 2015 — Researchers have shown that changing just a single letter of the DNA of human red blood cells in the laboratory increases their production of oxygen-carrying hemoglobin -- a world-first advance that ... read more

Anemia Distorts Regular Method of Diabetes Diagnosis and Questions Its Reliability

May 13, 2015 — New research highlights how anemia -- a common condition in the general population, especially in women -- can lead to a false diagnosis of diabetes based on HbA1c, when a person's blood sugar ... read more

May 11, 2015 — Researchers lay out an equation that yields simple predictions as to how quickly blood cells will migrate away from blood-vessel walls, how they will behave when they collide with each other and ... read more

Altering Genes With the Aid of Light

May 8, 2015 — Scientists have been manipulating genes for a while. Now researchers have found a way to control the process with higher precision, by using ... read more

High Prevalence of Sleep Disordered Breathing in Adults With Sickle Cell

Mar. 25, 2015 — Adults with sickle cell disease who report trouble with sleep could actually have a clinical diagnosis of sleep disordered breathing which could lower their oxygen levels at night. "Our study ... read more

Red Blood Cell Traits Associated With Malaria Risk in Children

Mar. 24, 2015 — Certain red blood cell traits in children can increase or decrease their risk for malaria, researchers say. Researchers also found that a genetic condition known as homozygous X-linked G6PD ... read more

Pregnancy Complications in Women With Sickle Cell Disease

Mar. 23, 2015 — When compared to healthy pregnant women, pregnant women with a severe form of sickle cell disease are six times more likely to die during or following pregnancy and have an increased risk for ... read more

Mar. 19, 2015 — Investigators have demonstrated that MR imaging of the liver is more accurate than liver biopsy in determining total body iron balance in patients with sickle cell disease and other disorders ... read more

Custom Blood Cells Engineered by Researchers

Mar. 10, 2015 — Researchers have successfully corrected a genetic error in stem cells from patients with sickle cell disease, and then used those cells to grow mature red blood cells, they report. The study ... read more

Investigational Therapy Could Attack Cause of Sickle Cell Crises

Mar. 2, 2015 — Treatment for painful episodes of blood vessel obstruction in sickle cell anemia is currently limited to controlling pain, but an investigational therapy might be able to interfere with the ... read more

Controversial Nitrite Hypothesis Confirmed

Dec. 12, 2014 — Understanding how nitrite can improve conditions such as hypertension, heart attack and stroke has been the object of worldwide research studies. New research has potentially moved the science one ... read more

Educating on Sickle Cell Risk in Sub-Saharan Africa

Nov. 24, 2014 — Members of the public in sub-Saharan Africa who are carriers of the hereditary disease sickle cell disease must be educated aggressively through public health campaigns to raise awareness of the ... read more

Successful Outcome Prompts Early End to Sickle Cell Anemia Clinical Trial

Nov. 19, 2014 — Conclusive data show that hydroxyurea therapy offers safe and effective disease management of sickle cell anemia and reduces the risk of stroke, prompting early termination by the National Heart Lung ... read more

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