This month, Sick Cells sat down with Kevin Wake to hear about the first Drug Utilization Review Board (DURB) meeting in Kansas to review the newly approved gene therapies, Casgevy (Vertex) and Lyfgenia (bluebird bio) for the treatment of Sickle Cell Disease.
In this blog, Sick Cells worked with the Kidney Cancer Association (KCA) and CJ Johnson Foundation to discuss the connection between Sickle Cell Trait (SCT), exercise, and a rare type of kidney cancer.
In 2022, Sick Cells conducted an analysis of existing state legislation specific to sickle cell disease. We also provide monthly updates on notable state bills. This blog highlights some of the state bills we have been covering and why they are important.
This blog will present the results of our recent project funded by the 2022 PCORI Engagement Award to highlight what matters most to SCD warriors and the community. This blog will also describe the importance of patient-reported outcomes and how they should be incorporated into SCD research.
Mental Health impacts almost every aspect of our lives, as it influences how we think and act. It also affects decision-making processes, how we address stressful situations and how we relate to others. This blog will share stories of warriors and their experience dealing with mental health challenges.
Storytelling is a powerful advocacy tool that provides a platform for the SCD community to express concern over health challenges. This blog shares experiences of sickle cell disease advocates who have previously participated in Hill events, and highlights the immense value of advocacy through storytelling.
It’s February, and we are Feeling the Love at Sick Cells. For us, “Feeling the Love” goes beyond celebrating Valentine’s day. It is also a time to reflect on the love we share with one another. The love we receive from our family, friends, romantic partners, etc., brings comfort and emotional and physical safety; for SCD Warriors, that feeling is unmatched. This month we celebrate the people who continue to pour love into us every chance they get. This blog post highlights several voices from our Faces of SCD Storytelling series that have captured the power of love across the SCD community.
Sick Cells recently sat down with Jas (pronouns she/her/he/him/they/them)–a sickle cell warrior who is a member of the LGBTQ community–about her experience living with sickle cell disease, what she’d like to see more from her community and what gives her hope for the future. Thank you, Jas, for sharing your story.
Science often looks to the future: finding the next cure, creating the next vaccine, and predicting the next outbreak. However, looking back in history can sometimes be just as useful. In this blog, we’ll explore the similarities and differences between the 1918 Flu and COVID-19.