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Newborn Screening for Sickle Cell Disease: Jamaican Experience

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DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2015.492
Pages: 
18–26
Synopsis: 
The history and evolution of laboratory technology for newborn screening for sickle cell disease is reviewed with particular reference to Jamaica. The procedures and results of screening 54 566 newborns from southern and western Jamaica are presented.

ABSTRACT

Objectives:  To review the history of newborn screening for sickle cell disease with especial reference to Jamaica.

Methods: A summary of the history, the development of associated laboratory technology and the implementation of newborn screening for sickle cell disease in Jamaica.

Accepted: 
22 Sep, 2015
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e-Published: 22 Sep, 2015

Iron Deficiency among Jamaican Adolescents

Issue: 
DOI: 
10.7727/wimj.2013.240
Pages: 
561–5
Synopsis: 
Screening of 15 592 senior school students in the parish of Manchester, Jamaica, revealed that 3.8% of females had haemoglobin levels below 10 g/dL. Features were typical of iron deficiency and dramatic improvement followed iron supplementation. School medical examinations should include blood tests.

ABSTRACT

Objectives: To raise awareness of significant iron deficiency anaemia occurring in Jamaican secondary school students.

Methods: Haematological screening of students in the fifth and sixth forms of 14 secondary schools in the parishes of Manchester and Clarendon, Jamaica, was done. Samples were subject to haemoglobin electrophoresis, examination of haematological indices, and haemoglobin, alpha 2 (HbA2) levels where indicated.

Revised: 
09 Dec, 2013
Accepted: 
20 Jan, 2014
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e-Published: 26 Feb, 2015
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