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Sickle cell anaemia in children

Around one baby in every 1,900 born in the UK has sickle cell disease. Children with sickle cell disease face a lifetime of ill health. They have attacks of intense pain – called crises – and are at risk of life-threatening complications, including organ failure. Children with the illness are prone to developing kidney disease as they get older.

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Sickle cell disease: could an asthma medicine improve children’s intellectual abilities?

Research date: 1 March 2018 - 31 July 2020
Grant amount: £199,992.00

Around one in 2,000 babies born in the UK has sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder.1 Some children with sickle cell disease have learning difficulties. The children are unusually susceptible to having strokes, which are known to cause learning difficulties, but Professor Fenella Kirkham, of University College London’s Institute of Child...

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Posted: 28 October 2011 15:41 pm
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Sickle cell disease: testing for cutting-edge techniques

Posted: 12 October 2009 09:18 am
A cutting-edge technique called RNAi could prove useful as part of a new treatment for sickle cell disease.Sickle cell disease is estimated to affect over 12,000 people in the UK – 20 million worldwide.Symptoms usually start early, in babies who are just six to nine months old. They face a lifetime of agonisingly painful attacks, known as crises, and...
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