Sickle Cell Treatment Has Breakthrough

Feb 6, 2017
Hertz Nazaire / Kreyolicious

Individuals struggling with Sickle Cell Disease may be on the cusp of a breakthrough after an international, year-long drug trial ended last year.

One of the most active test areas was in eastern North Carolina and one of its participants was Majara Mooring of Greenville.

She, like millions around the globe, live with a disease that causes hidden, though intense pain.

“Because it can be to the point where I can’t walk and one time I just told myself ‘look, just cut my limb off. I will feel better if you just cut it off, the pain will go away.”

There's no cure and there's no effective treatment for people suffering from Alzheimer's disease.  But a recent study is offering a promising new method of slowing the progression of mild to moderate Alzheimer's.  The Department of Veteran's Affairs sponsored the study, which involved more than 600 veterans who were given high doses of vitamin E.  According to the Associated Press, this is the first time any treatment has been shown to alter the course of dementia at that stage.   Dr.

This week, we speak with an East Carolina University psychiatrist about a new, non-invasive treatment being used for people living with depression. 

Depression… it’s difficult to treat.  An estimated one in 10 adults in the United States suffers from depression, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It’s a very common disorder and a very serious disorder that has significant disabling features associated with it.”

A feature report on the latest advancements in the treatment of strokes.

Stroke – it’s feared, its deadly, and it’s debilitating.  As far as statistics are concerned, you’re more likely to have a stroke if you live in the South.  In fact, stroke is the third leading cause of death in North Carolina.  And our state is considered to be the ‘buckle’ of the stroke belt, which includes several states in the southeast part of the country where stroke death rates are significantly higher than the rest of the United States.

This week on the Down East Journal, we’ll talk about the latest advancements in the treatment of strokes.  And, how to grow your spring vegetable garden on a budget.  Those stories and more, this week on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East.  Catch the rebroadcast Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas at 88.5 WZNB New Bern, 91.5 WBJD Atlantic Beach-Beaufort, 90.3 WKNS Kinston- Goldsboro, and 88.1 in Greenville.

This week on the Down East Journal, we talk to officials with the Naval Hospital at Camp Lejeune about the treatment and interventional services they provide to Marines and Sailors returning from combat.  And, we discuss Executive Order 124, which seeks to improve relations between North Carolina agencies and local military installations. Plus, it's a fundraising event in New Bern that sets the table to fight hunger.