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Easing the pain of sickle cell disease

from The New York Times

They often turn up in the emergency room in severe pain, pleading for relief. A drug that can help reduce their flare-ups is readily available — yet too rarely used. The patients, many of them children, have sickle cell disease, a debilitating and sometimes life-threatening blood disorder. It is relatively rare, so physicians may not know how to treat it. For patients, the results are devastating, including severe pain that often requires hospitalization and can last for days. A new set of guidelines for managing the disease, published recently in JAMA, aims to change that. more

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