Education Series: Pain Treatment with Dr Walco

I have truly enjoyed the Educations Series sponsored by the Task Force this spring. We have really had some amazing guest speakers and I have learned so much. In June Dr Gary Walco, Director of Pain Medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital, came and spoke with us about pain treatment. Some highlights from this session include: In the past 10 years the number of hospitalizations, opioids dependency, abuse and overdose has… Read More »Education Series: Pain Treatment with Dr Walco

Education Series: Hydroxyurea Recap

Dr. Bender spoke about Hydroxyurea. Hydroxyurea is a drug used for more than 20 years to reduce the likely hood of Sickle Cell pain crisis. Hydroxyurea is recommended by Dr. Bender and the Metropolitan Sickle Cell Task Force. Dr. Bender talked about the mechanism of action of Hydroxyurea which is the ability to increase fetal hemoglobin. A 2006 study by Balles and Barton cited that Hydroxyurea reduced sickle cell crisis… Read More »Education Series: Hydroxyurea Recap