New law boosts fight against sickle cell disease

New law boosts fight against sickle cell disease
(HealthDay)—A sickle cell disease prevention and treatment program in the United States has been reauthorized to receive nearly $5 million each year over the next five years.

The measure was included in a bipartisan bill that aims to combat the disease and became law Tuesday night. One of the bill's authors was Senator Cory Booker, D-N.J.

"Even though is the most common inherited blood disorder in our country, research and treatment lags behind that of other ," Booker said in a statement, NBC News reported. "Our legislation will help find new ways to improve the lives of people suffering from sickle cell disease. It's time we start treating sickle cell disease as a serious and debilitating illness and allocate adequate resources to monitoring, researching, and treating it."

This year, the National Institutes of Health received about $115 million for research into the disease, $6 million more than in 2017, NBC News reported.


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