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Studies Investigate Emerging Trends and Treatment Options for Patients With Sickle Cell Disease
Date:12/6/2009

ursors to red blood cells) of the experimental mice in comparison to control mice. This increase in the gamma-globin expression after inactivation of BCL11A was rapid and persisted during the course of the experiments (up until the mice were 25 weeks old).

"Currently, there are only a limited number of therapies available for patients with sickle cell disease and thalassemia, another disorder involving abnormal hemoglobin," said senior study author Stuart H. Orkin, MD, David G. Nathan Professor of Pediatrics at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Children's Hospital Boston, and Harvard Medical School in Boston. "This research opens up a new avenue for treatment, a way to genetically activate healthy fetal hemoglobin in the red blood cells of patients with these lifelong blood disorders."

Dr. Jian Xu will present this study in the Plenary Scientific Session on Sunday, December 6, at 3:00 p.m. in Hall F.

Hydroxyurea in Children With Sickle Cell Disease: Practice Patterns and Barriers to Utilization

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Sickle cell disease is often marked by episodes of severe and incapacitating pain called vaso-occlusive painful events, which can sometimes require hospitalization. Hydroxyurea, an oral drug that is most commonly taken once daily, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in sickle cell disease patients in 1998. While hydroxyurea remains the standard of care for reducing these painful events in adults, little is known about its practice patterns in children. Researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin and Children's Research Institute of the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee investigated the patterns and barriers to hydroxyurea use in children with sickle cell disease.

In this study, researchers surveyed members of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology about their practices and patients. Of the 1,128 surveys dissemin
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