Overcoming Confusion Around a Life-Saving Drug

September 16, 2013

For the past seven years, Patricia Kavanagh, MD, who specializes in pediatric care at Boston Medical Center, participated in a camp that catered to children with sickle cell disease and other serious diseases. Initially, children with the genetic blood disorder were physically smaller and had less energy; Kavanagh constantly mistook children for being several years younger than they were. In the last few years, she has noticed a drastic difference: children are appropriate sizes and have more energy. And she and her partners in the Boston Medical Center pediatric hematology team have seen fewer hospital stays and visits from children with sickle cell disease.

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