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Life as a sickle cell warrior: How advocates are changing the face of the disease

Loading the player… “It saddens me that when I tell people I have sickle cell the most common reply is ‘what is that?’” sickle cell advocate Shamonica Wiggins shares with theGrio. Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a group of red blood cell disorders occurring when a child inherits the sickle cell gene from both parents… Read More »

Colorectal Cancer Takes the Life of Far Too Many People and Black Men are Disproportionately Affected

Following the devastating news of the death of the world’s beloved Black Panther, Chadwick Boseman, from colorectal cancer, many were left asking why – and how. What most don’t know is that Chadwick Boseman sat at the intersection of where colorectal cancer rates are among the highest and rising the fastest. He was a young… Read More »

‘The spinal injury staff helped me see that my life was just beginning’

Steven Simmons is a Munster rugby fan. Having played the sport for years, he would have loved to represent his team, but a shoulder injury prevented him from realising his dream. Despite this, he continued to play both rugby and football, and coached young people in his community – until a devastating accident last August… Read More »

Statins may prevent heart attacks and strokes but may not prolong life free of disability

A new observational study shows the first-line cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins are associated with fewer heart attacks and strokes, but not associated with a prolonged life free of physical disability and dementia in healthy elderly people. The study data was collected by the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for Medical Research, Monash University and… Read More »