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2013-12-09 14:00:42

New research presented today during the 55th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting and Exposition in New Orleans uncovers several important insights into the pathophysiology of sickle cell disease and thalassemia that may soon translate into the development of better, more targeted treatments for hundreds of thousands of patients worldwide. Sickle cell disease (SCD) is an inherited, chronic disorder affecting nearly 100,000 Americans. Instead of producing healthy red blood cells,...

2013-10-11 12:01:09

A research team from Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and other institutions has discovered a new genetic target for potential therapy of sickle cell disease (SCD). The target, called an enhancer, controls a molecular switch in red blood cells called BCL11A that, in turn, regulates hemoglobin production. The researchers—led by Daniel Bauer, MD, PhD, and Stuart Orkin, MD, of Dana-Farber/Boston Children's—reported their findings today in Science. Prior...

2013-09-10 14:24:24

Treatment for sickle cell disease has largely focused on managing pain and acute complications, but current research, including several projects at Texas Children’s Hematology Center, is now aimed at developing more efficient and progressive forms of treatment that could potentially benefit patients around the world. "Traditionally, treatment for sickle cell disease has been palliative, and there have not been a lot of options to prevent long term complications," said Dr. Alex George,...

2011-12-12 16:11:38

Young infants and toddlers with sickle cell anemia who received the drug hydroxyurea were no more likely to have cellular genetic damage than those who received a placebo or inactive medicine, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., yesterday at the American Society of Hematology's annual meeting in San Diego, Calif. These findings provide further evidence of the safety of hydroxyurea for children with sickle...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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