Sickle cell disease awareness – 1
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Sickle cell disease affects between 70- and 100,000 people in the United States. The disease is most prevalent in the African-American community, though individuals of Middle Eastern, Mediterranean, Central and South American, and Asian Indian heritage can develop the disease. Dr. Keith Hoots at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute explains this disease.
Hoots: Sickle cell disease is an inherited disease of the protein hemoglobin, which is the protein and red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to the tissues and the body.
Narrator: He adds those with the disease can experience severe pain episodes. For more information on sickle cell disease research, visit nhlbi.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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