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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 912913, 1 page

Updates in Hemoglobinopathies

1Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Mansoura University, Mansoura 35516, Egypt
2Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, ApoPharma, Toronto, ON, Canada
3Department of Pediatric Hematology, Cairo University, Cairo 12311, Egypt
4Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Zagazig University, Zagazig 05533, Egypt

Received 12 September 2013; Accepted 12 September 2013

Copyright © 2013 Youssef Al-Tonbary et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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Another review article discusses the biologic complexity in sickle cell disease. This complexity is likely to be one of the major barriers to the development of successful new treatments which, to date, has largely concentrated on individual mechanistic pathways. Future development of therapeutics needs to continue.

Another review article titled “Phytomedicines and nutraceuticals: alternative therapeutics for sickle cell anemia” highlights the feasibility of botanicals, mainly antisickling phytomedicines and nutraceuticals, as attractive potential candidates for sickle cell anemia therapy and strongly collaborates the ethnomedical usage of the plants.

A peer-reviewed original article was carefully selected from many articles submitted to the journal. It studied the impact of migrations on the health services for hemoglobin disorders in Europe. Its results show that countries with traditional strong prevention and treatment programs are well prepared to face these challenges, while others are urgently needed to address these problems in a systematic way.

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Youssef Al-Tonbary
Fernando Tricta
Amal El-Beshlawy
Mohamed Ahmed Badr
Ahmed Mansour