Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and Aruvant Sciences Forge New Partnership to Educate Around Gene Therapy

HANOVER, Md. and NEW YORK, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA) and Aruvant Sciences are proud to announce a new partnership to create educational programs to increase awareness of gene therapy as a potential curative treatment option for sickle cell disease patients. This collaboration will help SCDAA continue to deliver on its mission, while assisting Aruvant in learning more about the needs of sickle cell disease (SCD) patients. Under the agreement, Aruvant will collaborate with SCDAA to host local and national educational events and develop materials for a public-awareness campaign.

“In partnership with SCDAA, we are working to educate patients about gene therapy, while gaining critical insights from the patient community for our ARU-1801 SCD development program,” said Will Chou, M.D., chief executive officer (CEO) of Aruvant. “Now is a perfect time to work with SCDAA to educate the community about gene therapy

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Some COVID-19 patients have reported kidney damage. Here’s what you need to know about that and chronic kidney disease. | Focus

Stages of chronic kidney disease

Stage 1

» GFR of 90 or greater.

» Kidneys are healthy and working well but have other signs of damage like protein in urine or physical damage.

» Ways to slow damage: control blood sugar if you have diabetes; control blood pressure; eat a healthy diet; don’t smoke; be active for 30 min a day, 5 days a week; stay at healthy weight; ask doctor about medicines that could help protect kidneys; make an appointment to see nephrologist.

Stage 2

» GFR between 60 and 89.

» Kidneys are healthy and working well but have other signs of damage like protein in urine or physical damage.

» Ways to slow damage: control blood sugar if you have diabetes; control blood pressure; eat a healthy diet; don’t smoke; be active for 30 min a day, 5 days a week; stay at healthy weight; ask doctor

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Vision Help Foundation Improves Public Health by Rebuilding Homes in Rural Haiti to Save Lives, Reduce Disease, and Improve Quality of Life

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ST. LOUIS & LAVAUD, Haiti – September 20, 2020 – ( Newswire.com )

St. Louis-based Vision Help Foundation is assisting to improve housing in Lavaud, a small rural community in Haiti. Substandard housing, often with leaky roofs and dirt floors, can cause deadly accidents, frequent illness, and miserable daily experiences.

VHF recently rebuilt and modernized a home occupied by a widow with 11 children. Their roof leaked so bad she was forced to gather all the children in the only dry corner of their home. It was difficult to sleep during the rainy season. There was constant fear the roof would collapse. And children often came down with serious illnesses like pneumonia and parasitic infestations.

The house is fixed and the mother now spends her limited funds on clothing and sheets

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Vision Help Foundation Improves Public Health by Rebuilding Homes in Rural Haiti to Save Lives, Reduce Disease, and Improve Quality of Life – Press Release


ST. LOUIS – September 20, 2020 – (Newswire.com)

​Lavaud, Haiti – St. Louis based Vision Help Foundation is assisting to improve housing in this small rural community in Haiti. Substandard housing, often with leaky roofs and dirt floors can cause deadly accidents, frequent illness, and miserable daily experiences.

VHF recently rebuilt and modernized a home occupied by a widow with 11 children. Their roof leaked so bad she was forced to gather all the children in the only dry corner of their home. It was difficult to sleep during the rainy season. There was constant fear the roof would collapse. And children often came down with serious illnesses like pneumonia, and parasitic infestations.

The house is fixed, and the mother now spends her limited funds on clothing and sheets for her children.

“This type of substandard housing is common in rural Haiti and impoverished areas in many parts of the

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