University Of Maryland Eastern Shore
Sickle Cell Anemia
Developmental Psychology 0301
25 November 2014
The paper you are about to read will inform you about the disease Sickle cell Anemia. It will explain to you about what Sickle cell Anemia is and how you develop it. This paper will also tell you the symptoms and who can get it. While reading the information you will understand all about the disease and how it’s treated and can it be cured. Also in the paper it will inform you about the difference in Sickle cell Anemia and Sickle cell Trait. Lastly, In the paper you are about to learn all you need to know if someone in your family has ...view middle of the document...
They also slowly stop functioning properly and your body starts to be in pain. This process will also have you and your body at many health risking infections. The word Anemia is “a condition in which your blood has a lower than normal number of red blood cells” (nhlbi.nih.gov). This is because your red blood cell does not have enough hemoglobin in them to fully form into a normal cell. There is also another form of sickle cell and that is called sickle cell trait. Sickle cell trait is when a person, “inherits a sickle hemoglobin gene from one parent and a normal gene from the other parent” (.nhlbi.nih.gov).When you develop sickle cell trait it is not the same as sickle cell anemia because the trait is not a disease but the hemoglobin gene can be passed down to your child. The Sickle cell Anemia is a lifelong disease that you are actually born with. This is what makes them different not only the ending of the name but one you’re born with it and you inherit two hemoglobin genes and the other you inherit one from a parent.
Sickle cells Anemia is developing at the time of conception many of us know that we each get different genes form our parents. Well with Sickle cell Anemia it is develop by a single pair of genes from each parent. Neither one of the types of Sickle cell can be contracted from another person it is not like a sexual transmitted disease or anything of the sort. When someone has developed sickle cell disease it creates different illness to your body while Sickle cell trait has no affect toward your body in any kind of way. In many situations Sickle cell can have so much severity that would only be due to biological factor not the actual cell causing problems. There are other factors that can contribute to Sickle cell Anemia for instance you genetic makeup and your nurture. One of the genetic factors is called “thalassemia” (sickle.bwh.harvard.edu/). Thalassemia is an inherited, “blood disorder caused when the body doesn’t make enough of a protein called hemoglobin, an important part of red blood cells” (.cdc.gov). This can also have an influence on Sickle cell Anemia as well. According to sickle.bwh.harvard.edu, “there is a one-in-four chance risk that a child will inherit two normal genes from the parents. Also there is a one-in-four chance also risk that a child will inherit two sickle cell genes, and has sickle cell disease” (sickle.bwh.harvard.edu). Developing Sickle cell Anemia can very throughout a person’s family because your mom and dad can have ten children and none of them get the disease. But your friend mom and dad have ten kids and one out of five of them have the Sickle cell Anemia disease. With Sickle cell Anemia you may not have been the one born with but your brother may have can cause a lot of stress and difficulty to the family because you tend to get sick out of know where. When visiting the hospital there is no telling how long you are going to be there or what actually made you sick at the time to make you...