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Racism in America – "Sickle Cell" ll


September 24, 2020

Continued from last week- Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a group of inherited (genetic) disorders of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin moves oxygen throughout our bodies. The first one of these diseases, Sickle Cell Anemia was discovered in this country 110 years ago although it had been here centuries before that. It came with slavery from Africa. It is a chronic vascular disease with many acute and chronic complications generally marked by excruciating pain brought on by blockages in small blood vessels. People with SCD have less hemoglobin as a result of sickle cells that don’t last long causing an...

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