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New Guidelines for Treating Sickle Cell Disease


Dr. Rodgers discusses recent research and recommendations that can improve treatment for sickle cell disease.

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If you or someone you know has sickle cell disease, there is good news: medical experts continue to look at how to improve treatment.

Hi, I'm Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

A group of experts brought together by the NIH reviewed current research and provided doctors with a new blueprint to improve care for people with sickle cell disease.

A major recommendation is to give children the antibiotic, oral penicillin, every day until age 5 to help prevent infections. Experts also recommended that everyone with sickle cell disease be vaccinated against pneumonia. Also, there is research using stem cell transplants to reverse sickle cell disease in adults, as well as an FDA-approved drug, hydroxyurea.

Sickle cell disease research continues to provide important information to help doctors improve care and treatment for people with sickle cell disease.

Follow us on Twitter @HealthyMoments. This is Dr. Griffin Rodgers with the NIH.

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NHLBI Press Release: "NIH-convened panel recommends expanded adoption of drug and transfusion treatments for individuals with sickle cell disease"
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