Archive for July, 2014
Tags: awareness, nurses, SICKLE CELL, stigma, students
By Steven Reinberg
TUESDAY, July 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new bone marrow transplant technique for adults with sickle cell disease may “cure” many patients. And it avoids the toxic effects associated with long-term use of anti-rejection drugs, a new study suggests.
This experimental technique mixes stem cells from a sibling with the patient’s own cells. Of 30 patients treated this way, many stopped using anti-rejection drugs within a year, and avoided serious side effects of transplants — rejection and graft-versus-host disease, in which donor cells attack the recipient cells, the researchers said.
“We can successfully reverse sickle cell disease with a partial bone marrow transplant in very sick adult patients without the need for long-term medications,” said researcher Dr. John Tisdale, a senior investigator at the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
In the United States, more than 90,000 people have sickle cell disease, a painful genetic disorder found mainly among blacks. Worldwide, millions of people have the disease…….. Read More