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09/25/2013, LIU Brooklyn Campus Event5 Sept 25Paramount Gym – Metcalfe Building, LIU Brooklyn, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

September 25, 2013
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Paramount Gym-Metcalfe Building

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month

A sickle cell test is a blood test done to screen for sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease. Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disease that causes red blood cells to be deformed (sickle-shaped). The red blood cells deform because they contain an abnormal type of hemoglobin, called hemoglobin S, instead of the normal hemoglobin, called hemoglobin A.

Sickled blood cells are destroyed by the body faster than normal blood cells. This causes anemia. Also, sickled cells can get trapped in blood vessels and reduce or block blood flow. This can damage organs, muscles, and bones and may lead to life-threatening conditions. For more information, click here.

In the United States, sickle cell disease mainly affects African Americans and Latin Americans. In observance of National Sickle Cell Awareness Month, testing is being offered via UHMS’ Fall 2013 Health & Wellness Screening.

An appointment is required for testing by emailing bkln-uhms@liu.edu.  Remember to bring your insurance information to the event, testing will not be provided without valid insurance information.

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