In today’s BHIC posts, I will highlight a few health resources to spread information about important conditions and diseases affecting African-Americans and black people.
February 28, 2019 is Rare Disease Awareness Day. Sickle Cell Disease is one rare disease affecting approximately 1 out of every 365 black or African-American births. According to ADM Dr. Brett P Giroir, Assistant Secretary for Health, at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, sickle cell disease is the “first disease characterized at the molecular and genetic level.” To learn more, visit the Sickle Cell Disease page at the U.S. National Library of Medicine’s Genetics Home Reference site.
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