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H.Con.Res. 78: Supporting the goals and ideals of Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month. Read More

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This resolution was introduced on Sep 14, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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CONCURRENT RESOLUTION

Supporting the goals and ideals of Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month.

Whereas Sickle Cell Disease is an inherited blood disorder that is a major health problem in the United States and worldwide; Whereas Sickle Cell Disease causes the rapid destruction of sickle cells, which results in multiple medical complications, including anemia, jaundice, gallstones, strokes, and restricted blood flow, damaging tissue in the liver, spleen, and kidneys, and death; Whereas Sickle Cell Disease causes episodes of considerable pain in one's arms, legs, chest, and abdomen; Whereas Sickle Cell Disease affects an estimated 70,000 to 100,000 Americans; Whereas approximately 1,000 babies are born with Sickle Cell Disease each year in the United States, with the disease occurring in approximately 1 in 500 newborn African-American infants, 1 in 1,000 newborn Hispanic- Americans, and is found in persons of Greek, Italian, East Indian, Saudi Arabian, Asian, Syrian, Turkish, Cypriot, Sicilian, and Caucasian origin; Whereas more than 2,000,000 Americans have the sickle cell trait, and 1 in 12 African-Americans carry the trait; Whereas there is a 1 in 4 chance that a child born to parents who both have the sickle cell trait will have the disease; Whereas the life expectancy of a person with Sickle Cell Disease is severely limited, with an average life span for an adult being 45 years; Whereas, though researchers have yet to identify a cure for this painful disease, advances in treating the associated complications have occurred; Whereas researchers are hopeful that in less than two decades,...

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