April 2012

  • Illustration of a doctor examining a rash on a woman’s arm.

    Red, Itchy Rash?

    Get the Skinny on Dermatitis

    You’ve probably had a rash at some point or another, whether from poison ivy or the chickenpox or something more unusual. Why does your skin break out in red blotches like that? More important, is there anything you can do about it?
  • Illustration of dad comforting his tired looking son on a break from playing baseball.

    When Blood Cells Bend

    Understanding Sickle Cell Disease

    Fifty years ago, half of children born with sickle cell disease died by age 10. Now they’re living into their 40s and 50s, thanks to therapies developed with NIH support. Researchers are now working on promising new treatments.

Contributors to this issue: 

  • Vicki Contie
  • Lesley Earl
  • Belle Waring
  • Harrison Wein