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England To Offer Breakthrough Treatment For Sickle Cell Disease

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England To Offer Breakthrough Treatment For Sickle Cell Disease

Thousands of patients in England are to benefit from the first treatment for sickle cell disease in two decades, the NHS has announced.

Crizanlizumab, a “revolutionary” life-changing drug treatment, is delivered by a transfusion drip and works by binding to a protein in the blood cells to prevent the restriction of blood and oxygen supply.

The therapy, the first to become available for the disease in 20 years, will help at least 5,000 people over the next three years, officials said.

Sickle cell disease – particularly common in people with an African or Caribbean background – is a serious and lifelong health condition. It can cause severe pain and organ failure, often requiring hospital admissions.

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Current treatments to prevent sickle cell crises include a tablet called hydroxycarbamide and regular blood transfusions, but these are not always effective for people with severe forms of the disease.

“This is a historic moment for people with sickle cell disease who will be given their first new treatment in over two decades,” said Amanda Pritchard, chief executive of NHS England. “This revolutionary treatment will help to save lives, allow patients to have a better quality of life and reduce trips to A&E by almost half.”

People aged over 16 who suffer from multiple sickle cell crises every year will be eligible for the treatment. The disease is characterised by the production of unusually shaped red blood cells, which can cause serious health issues across the body, sending organs into crisis and causing extreme pain.

Toks Odesanmi, a sickle cell patient at Cambridge University hospitals trust, welcomed the arrival of the treatment and said it gave her new hope.

“Sickle cell disease has defined me, defined my body and made a big dent to my dreams,” said Odesanmi, 47, a finance specialist from Colchester. “No matter how hard I fight, it continues to defeat me. A new treatment brings hope and might make dreaming possible again.”

Sickle Cell Society chair Kye Gbangbola said: “A new treatment brings new hope for people living with sickle cell disorder, the world’s most common genetic blood condition. SCD is a medical emergency, it causes excruciating pain. This new treatment will reduce the number of agonising pain episodes we have to endure.

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“The hope is improved quality of life for many living with the condition and their families.”

The Guardian of London

 

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Biden Endorses Kamala Harris As Presidential Nominee

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By John Michael Ojo

President Joe Biden has named Vice President, Kamala Harris as his preferred presidential candidate for his Party

Biden stated this on Sunday shortly after he announced his withdrawal from the presidential race in a now viral post on his official X handle.

Biden who had earlier claimed that his withdrawal from the November presidential election was in the best interest of his party, said; “My fellow Democrats, I have decided not to accept the nomination and to focus all my energies on my duties as President for the remainder of my term.

“My very first decision as the party nominee in 2020 was to pick Kamala Harris as my Vice President. And it’s been the best decision I’ve made.

“Today I want to offer my full support and endorsement for Kamala to be the nominee of our party this year.

“Democrats—it’s time to come together and beat Trump. Let’s do this,” he added.

Kamala Harris, 59, is the first female vice president and the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history, as well as the first African-American and first Asian-American vice president.

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BREAKING:US President Biden Withdraws From Re-election Bid

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United States President Joe Biden has announced that he will end his candidacy for re-election, saying “it is in the best interest of my party and the country”.

It comes four months before Americans go to the polls, upending the race for the White House.

It follows weeks of intense pressure from fellow Democrats after a faltering debate performance against Republican Donald Trump at the end of June.

In a letter posted to his social media account, he said it had been the greatest honour of his life to serve as president.

“And while it has been my intention to seek reelection, I believe it is in the best interest of my party and the country for me to stand down and to focus solely on fulfilling the duties as President for the remainder of my term”.

He said in his statement he would address the nation on the matter next week.

President Biden thanked his Vice President Kamala Harris, saying she was an “extraordinary partner”.

 

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Trump Breaks His Silence After Assassination Attempt

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Former US president and the presidential candidate of the Republican Party, in the forthcoming November 5 general elections, Donald Trump, has stated that the shooter at his Butler, Pennsylvania rally yesterday has been killed by the Secret Service.

Trump who revealed that the bullet went through his ears, stated this in a statement made available on Sunday morning.

While the 45th president of the United States, sustained a minor injury, the incident however, left one person dead and another seriously injured.

Trump who extended his condolences to the family of the victim, thanked Americans for their support and urged them to remain resolute towards the election.

He said: “I want to thank The United States Secret Service, and all of Law Enforcement, for their rapid response on the shooting that just took place in Butler, Pennsylvania.

“Most importantly, I want to extend my condolences to the family of the person at the Rally who was killed, and also to the family of another person that was badly injured.”

The former president went further to provide details of his injury stating, “I was shot with a bullet that pierced the upper part of my right ear. I knew immediately that something was wrong in that I heard a whizzing sound, shots, and immediately felt the bullet ripping through the skin. Much bleeding took place, so I realized then what was happening.”

His statement also revealed that the shooter is now dead, though he added, “Nothing is known at this time about the shooter.”

Meanwhile, Trump’s predecessor and successor, Barack Obama and Joe Biden respectively, have both condemned the assassination attempt on Trump, with both leaders maintaining that there was no reason for such violence.

Obama, while condemning the shooting, said “There is absolutely no place for political violence in our democracy.”

On his part, Biden who urged the people to remain united despite their political differences, said “There’s no place for this kind of violence in America. We must unite as one nation to condemn it,” he added.

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