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Treatment for Sickle Cell Anemia Improving

Treatment for Sickle Cell Anemia Improving

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Mary Richards, KSL Newsradio Utah Jazz star Carlos Boozer is back in Salt Lake now that his baby boy is recovering from a bone marrow transplant.

It used to be that a baby with sickle cell anemia didn't survive until adulthood, but now Dr. Jennifer Wright at Primary Children's Medical Center says there are many treatments available. "It's an area where there is a very active amount of research, and so I have a lot of hope that in the near future that things will continue to improve for sickle cell patients," she said.

Wright does not treat Carlos Boozer's 1-year-old son, but specializes in hematology and oncology. She says sickle cell is a red blood cell issue that's inherited. Most states screen for it at birth, but symptoms can vary from patient to patient.

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