| Sep 22, 2010
It's an inherited disease marked by deformed red blood cells. These normally round and flexible cells take a sickle like shape.
Their irregular shape causes them to get stuck clogging vessels. This leads to pain, infection, and a shorter life.
| Jun 22, 2011
| 3:26 PM
UCF Athletics Association attorneys aimed to discredit the medical examiner who testified complications from sickle cell trait contributed to Ereck Plancher's death.
Medical examiner Joshua Stephany told the jury Plancher's death was caused by...
| Jul 9, 2011
| 5:50 PM
Thirteen months after Gary Smith's nightmare began, there is undeniable progress.
The leukemia that attacked his white blood cells and threatened his life is gone. The bone marrow transplant he underwent in December was successful, thanks in large part...
| Jul 26, 2011
| 3:44 AM
Dr. Kwaku Ohene-Frempong is an avid sports fan. He fondly remembers his days as a track star at Yale.
"I'm supposedly a friend of the NCAA," the University of Pennsylvania professor emeritus said. "I've received awards from the NCAA and I treasure them."...
| Sep 16, 2011
| 11:42 AM
Mark Gregory pauses as he relives the time when he nearly died. His gaze trails off into the distance and words fail him as he ponders a past he prefers to keep behind closed doors.
Yet, he's willing to dredge up those painful events for a purpose....
| Oct 11, 2011
| 2:13 PM
Tricking the body with a treat that, for some, can wreak havoc on the immune system. Imagine if you could erase your child's peanut allergy. It's an idea local researchers say may be possible.
They're tiny snacks that can cause big problems. Peanut...
| Oct 17, 2011
My doctor recently suggested that a diminishing number of my white blood cells might signal a serious condition. After eliminating all the usual suspects, he referred me to an oncologist. I wondered whether anyone is ever happy to see the doctor whose...
| Jul 24, 2011
| 3:06 AM
Dale Lloyd II had already lifted weights with his teammates when he took the field in the Texas heat for what would be the final workout of his life.
It was Sept. 24, 2006, the day after the Rice football team suffered a humiliating 55-7 loss to...
| Jul 25, 2011
| 3:04 AM
As a young graduate assistant at Florida State, Terry Bowden remembers what defensive line/linebackers coach Chuck Amato used to tell players before the Seminoles' infamous mat drills.
"Just remember, gentlemen, the body is a wonderful machine. You...
| Oct 11, 2012
| 7:34 AM
Bloodtransfusions. Saline injections. Back-dated prescriptions and tipoffs to coming tests.
Former teammates of cycling superstar Lance Armstrong recounted a wide range of techniques used to beat the sport's drug-testing regimen to investigators from the...
| Jun 11, 2012
| 3:17 PM
Good Morning America host Robin Roberts told viewers in an emotional announcement this morning that she has the rare disorder myelodysplastic syndromes.
She will soon get a bone marrow transplant from her older sister.
It's probably fair to say that...