Public Health, Rare Disease

New sickle cell treatment given to first patients in England

There is a new sickle cell treatment now being given to patients in England! Sickle Cell Disease is a debilitating condition that predominantly affects black people. It is a painful condition that requires constant treatment and can lead to what is known as sickle cell 'crises'. If patients are not treated, they are left in… Continue reading New sickle cell treatment given to first patients in England

Public Health, Rare Disease

Rare Diseases

What is a rare disease? According to the European Union, rare diseases are classified as one that affects less than 5 in 10,000 of the general population. Similarly, the NIH defines it as: 'one that affects fewer than 200,000 people'. This means that it’s possible that most people aren’t aware that rare diseases exist unless… Continue reading Rare Diseases