Sickle Cell Anemia
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Bree Person, Radio Rookie, talks about having sickle cell anemia and what the diagnosis means for her and her family. Pediatrician Suzette Oyeku also joins us to explain what sickle cell is, and what developments in treatment mean for those who have the inherited blood disorder.
Dr. Oyeku is a pediatrician at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore and on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University, and serves as project director for the Working to Improve Sickle Cell Healthcare program at the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
It is now mandatory that athletes wanting to particpate in NCAA Division I sports be tested for sickle cell anemia. The new rule has some people worried that it could lead to racial discrimination.
Put in affect in April, it's aimed to prevent the sudden death of young athletes such as 19-year-old Dale Lloyd II, who died suddenly in 2006 after a rigorous practice for Rice University's football team.