Sickle Cell Anaemia discovered in 1910

Did you know? Sickle Cell Anaemia or disorder was first discovered in 1910 in the USA by Dr James Herrick during a blood test in laboratory on a student who complained about articulation’s pains. The result shown abnormal red blood cells known as ‘haemoglin S’.

Nowadays, in the UK more than 15,000 of children and adults are affected by this chronic, painful and genetic condition. Worldwide more than 300,000 cases each year. One of the main symptoms of this condition are acute pains in the muscles and bones from those affected; this also known as ‘Sickle Cell crises’.

Specialised doctors in the field and charities argued that sickle cell crises can be provoked by stress. But a self-management from patients through painkillers drugs helps them to avoid regular hospitalisations which often are for acute crises.