After Mike Tyson recently opened up about battling sciatica, we chose to highlight a few other rare health issues plaguing our culture.

 What is sickle cell disease? Sickle cell disease is a genetic condition that affects the body’s red blood cells. It occurs when a child receives two sickle cell genes—one from each parent. In someone living with this disease, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a […]

Roland Martin talks with Dr. Yvonne Carroll, Director of Patient Services, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, about sickle cell disease. June 19 is World Sickle Cell Awareness day. READ MORE STORIES ON BLACKAMERICAWEB.COM: SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER:  LIKE US ON FACEBOOK. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER AND INSTAGRAM

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The work that St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is doing for young cancer patients from around the world remains an amazing example of dedication and compassion. Founded in 1962 by late actor Danny Thomas, the hospital was one of a few racially integrated facilities at a time when race relations in America were extremely tense. The […]

As Chief Medical Officer, Freda Lewis-Hall leads Pfizer Medical, the division of Pfizer responsible for the safe, effective and appropriate use of the company’s medicines and vaccines. Before coming to Pfizer in 2009, Dr. Lewis-Hall held senior leadership positions with Vertex, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Pharmacia and Lilly. Prior to joining the biopharmaceutical industry, she served as […]

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September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Every Wednesday during September, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ® will contribute stories that will put a face on the mission to end childhood cancer. “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18. Faith and prayer can inspire extraordinary actions in ordinary people. Danny Thomas was a […]

  St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital opened in February 1962 due to the efforts of the late actor Danny Thomas. The hospital was the first integrated pediatric hospital in the South, challenging the reality of race relations at the time. Dr. Rudolph Jackson, the first Black doctor hired to work at St. Jude, was a […]

  Dr. Yvonne Carroll is the Director of Patient Services in the Department of Hematology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. Yvonne graduated with a Bachelors of Nursing Degree from the University of Tennessee and a Law degree from the University of Cincinnati. Yvonne served in the United States Navy as a […]

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Sickle cell anemia is a common condition of the blood caused by a deformity in red blood cells that reduces the amount of oxygen supplied…

Bone marrow saves lives but it can be a challenge for African-Americans to find a donor match. Dr. Jeffrey W. Chell, M.D., has been Chief Executive Officer of The Match for the last 14 years. During that time, the Be The Match Registry has more than doubled to over 11 million donors and the number of […]


Got a question about sickle cell anemia? Text it to “646464” (OHOHOH). — There is good news on the horizon in sickle cell research. Researchers at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) are exploring a number of ways to stop the disease in its tracks and develop treatment options for young children diagnosed with the […]