September is National Sickle Cell Month.
Sickle cell disease (SCD) affects people of many racial and ethnic groups. In the U.S., 90,000 to 100,000
people, mainly Blacks or African Americans have SCD. The disease occurs among about 1 of every 500 Black or
African-American births and among about 1 out of every 36,000 Hispanic-American births.
SCD can be a life-threatening condition and social, economic, cultural, and geographical barriers often
limit access to comprehensive care. Advances in patient advocacy preventative screenings, as well as
access to resources, have increased the quality of life and life expectancy of people with SCD.
LifeScience Moment: Food Additives Amendments are passed."
On September 6, 1958, the Food Additives Amendments were passed, requiring that food additives, including preservatives, emulsifiers,
and other functional additives, be subject to premarket testing.
Today, the FDA must review the safety of food and color additives before manufacturers and distributors can market them. To initiate this
review, the FDA requires sponsors to submit a petition or notification that includes test data demonstrating the safety of the intended use of the
It's a Small World
"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds the most discoveries, is not Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny..."""
Isacc Asimov, American writer