Sickle cell disease: current activities, public health implications, and future directions.

@article{Creary2007SickleCD,
  title={Sickle cell disease: current activities, public health implications, and future directions.},
  author={Melissa Creary and Dhelia Williamson and Roshni Kulkarni},
  journal={Journal of women's health},
  year={2007},
  volume={16 5},
  pages={
          575-82
        }
}
Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a genetic blood disorder caused by abnormal hemoglobin that damages and deforms red blood cells (RBCs). The abnormal red cells break down, causing anemia, and obstruct blood vessels, leading to recurrent episodes of severe pain and multiorgan ischemic damage. SCD affects millions of people throughout the world and is particularly common among people whose ancestors come from sub-Saharan Africa. Sickle cell trait (SCT) is an inherited condition in which both normal… CONTINUE READING
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