Listen: Why Don’t You Hear More About Sickle Cell Disease?

On the national affairs radio show "1A," Marqus Valentine describes how a mild stroke went misdiagnosed when he was in elementary school. Stroke is one of many serious effects of sickle cell disease. (Jenny Gold/KHN)

Jenny Gold, a Kaiser Health News senior correspondent, joined a panel of experts and patients to discuss sickle cell disease on “1A,” the national affairs radio show hosted by Joshua Johnson. The conversation on Feb. 5 tackled how discrimination may affect the level of attention sickle cell disease receives and why only two drugs exist to treat a problem that afflicts about 100,000 Americans.

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Gold’s earlier reporting on sickle cell disease:

This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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