Sickle Cell Anemia
By Sharif Rashed- Get down with the sickle-ness
How is it inherited?
The hemoglobin can be passed by carriers and those affected by sickle cell anemia. Carriers are described with a "sickle cell trait."
Sickle Cell anemia is most common in people of African descent, including African-Americans. It is also common in Hispanic Americans, and people of Middle eastern, Asian, Indian, and Mediterranean descent.
Patients with SCA tire easily, so they avoid tiring activities. Patients must drink extra water for avoiding dehydration. The weight of SCA on a patient's back can cause depression or anxiety, as well.