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  1. A New Hope: Introducing the New and Improved Xickle RBC-Plus

    December 27, 2016 by Andrea
    Photo: CreateHerStock

    Photo: CreateHerStock



    For almost a year, we've been in the process of conducting Phase I of our clinical trial -- the first step on Xickle's journey toward FDA approval. This first phase -- a dose-escalation study -- involved participants with sickle cell taking oral doses of SCD-101, the drug-equivalent of Xickle RBC-Plus.

    Based on the development of herbal medications like Niprisan, SCD-101 is comprised of a proprietary blend of sorghum, pepper, and clove extracts, and is the newly improved formulation of the original Xickle RBC-Plus. This strengthened composition is set to be released the first of the year (2017), and the clinical evidence we've discovered so far is nothing short of promising.

    Our clinical trial participants have reported reduced chronic pain and fatigue, as well as improved sleep and ulcer healing. And we've observed a direct anti-sickling effect on red blood cells that is twice the anti-sickling activity of the initial supplement. 

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    For all the details on our clinical trial and its findings, check out our recent presentation for the American Society of Hematology. Phase II of our trial will begin in 2017.

    Xickle RBC-Plus/SCD-101 can protect the structural integrity of red blood cells and can reduce the occurrence of red blood cell clumping. To take advantage of these benefits, visit our website and place your order.

    Wishing you all much health and happiness in the new year!

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  2. Celebrity Sickle Cell Warrior and Advocate T-Boz is Back at it Again with a Benefit Concert for SCD

    December 19, 2016 by Andrea
    Photo: tbozunplugged.com

    Photo: tbozunplugged.com



    Your love of '90s hip-hop and R&B is just as strong as your desire to give back, and now, you can combine the two for the ultimate Christmas gift: tickets to T-Boz's third annual Unplugged benefit concert. The legendary recording artist will be joined on stage by Da Brat and Naughty by Nature for a performance of throwback hits during Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend.

    Scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at the Avalon Hollywood, this concert will raise funds for the MLK Sickle Cell Outreach Center of Los Angeles and for the Sickle Cell Support Group of Atlanta. The MLK Center just opened a sickle cell clinic this past summer to make up for the loss of treatment centers for adults, a loss which has caused the life expectancy of sickle cell warriors in L.A. to drop to just 40 years old. Donations to the Sickle Cell Support Group of Atlanta will help with continued community outreach, health care seminars, nutrition workshops, and more.

    “I’m humbled to be in Los Angeles to continue to support Sickle Cell Disease awareness with some of my close friends and musical colleagues. This event is inspirational for me because I can openly share my experiences living my life with Sickle Cell Disease while I perform for my fans in a personal way,” T-Boz said in a recent press release. “I want to create awareness through T-Boz Unplugged, I want to educate people about the disease, help save lives and ultimately find a cure for Sickle Cell Disease.”

    Get your tickets here, and as an added bonus, you can treat yourself to a meet-and-greet with T-Boz, herself!

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  3. Hemoglobin Can Now be Measured Without Actually Drawing Blood

    December 12, 2016 by Andrea
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    YouTube/Screenshot

     

    Over the past couple of years, we've kept you up-to-date on several new cell phone apps that benefit sickle cell warriors. There's one that makes recording and communicating pain events easier for consumers, and a similar one for hospitals, and there's an app that can diagnose and monitor SCD with a smaller sized blood sample and less money than typical methods.

    And now, there's an app that can measure hemoglobin levels without even having to draw blood at all!

    Much less expensive than the Masimo Pronto (another device that can measure hemoglobin noninvasively), the HemaApp, which was developed by scientists at the University of Washington in Seattle, works solely via cell phone. "By shining light from the phone’s camera flash through the patient’s finger, HemaApp analyzes the color of his or her blood to estimate hemoglobin concentrations," reports UW Today, a University of Washington publication. "HemaApp bombards a patient’s finger with different wavelengths of light and infrared energy and creates a series of videos. By analyzing how colors are absorbed and reflected across those wavelengths, it can detect concentrations of hemoglobin and other blood components like plasma."

    And yes, the app works on all skin tones.

    The article goes on to say that this new program isn't meant to make actual blood testing obsolete. It is, however, able to help determine whether or not a patient needs further testing without having to prick them first. So far during testing, the HemaApp found low hemoglobin levels with an accuracy rate of 79 percent using the phone's camera alone and 86 percent using the phone camera paired with additional light sources.

    Furthermore, this app will make hemoglobin monitoring more accessible in developing countries. For more details on this revolutionary development, check out the entire article here.


  4. How to Stay Stress-Free and Keep Crises in Check During the Holidays

    December 6, 2016 by Andrea
    Photo: The Bloom Beautifully Box/ Design: xickle.com

    Photo: The Bloom Beautifully Box/ Design: xickle.com



    Well, at least as stress-free as possible.


    The holidays can be daunting with work, school, and family, so a tiny bit of tension is bound to happen. It's how you handle it that matters. Whether it's you or someone you know that needs a bit of help de-stressing, we've got the perfect gift round-up to help you relax and release. Check out our picks below:

    The Bloom Beautifully Box, $39 bimonthly
    Founded by self-care expert Tara Pringle Jefferson, this subscription box contains items that fit a different theme every other month. Past themes have included Sleep Well, Freedom, and Spa day, to name a few, and they have been stocked with items, such as sleep masks, tea, a nighttime journal, aromatherapy oil, scented candles, shower bombs, and more! Membership also includes access to a private support group, discounts on the annual self-care retreat, and weekly affirmations right in your inbox.

    Sense with Voice, $149
    For some of us, attempting to sleep in complete silence just does not work. Enter Sense with Voice, a stylish voice-activated sound machine, sleep monitor, and smart alarm all in one.

    Color Therapy: An Anti-Stress Coloring Book, $11
    "Coloring definitely has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus or bring [about] more mindfulness," certified art therapist Marygrace Berberian told CNN in an interview earlier this year. So, pick up a new set of markers, and get ready to take advantage of this fun form of meditation and take control of your stress levels.

    Blue Skies and Fluffy White Clouds Bubble Bar, $12
    Said to "promote inner peace," this LUSH fave will bless your bath time with bubbles galore. Infused with the aromas of frankincense and patchouli, this bar is sure to give you the escape from stress you need.

    Have any stress-relieving gift ideas of your own? Add them in the comments below!

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