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

Marqus Valentine sits on the edge of his hospital bed, following a blood transfusion at Edward Hospital in Naperville, Ill. (Jenny Gold/Kaiser Health News)

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: