ASH Calls on Congress to Help Address the Burden of Sickle Cell Disease

ASH is in the midst of a multifaceted initiative to identify the highest priority actions needed to improve outcomes for individuals with sickle cell disease (SCD) in the United States and abroad. In 2016, the Society will announce specific programs that will form the basis of this initiative through ASH’s “Call to Action on SCD.”

On February 9, ASH kicked off the Society’s SCD-focused advocacy activities by co-hosting a congressional staff roundtable meeting on SCD with the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America. The program featured ASH President Dr. Charles Abrams and ASH Vice President Dr. Alexis Thompson, as well as a sickle cell patient advocate, Mr. Kyle Smith, who presented the startling facts about SCD and the burden of the disease. During the hour-long program, new practice-changing guidelines and research was highlighted and a discussion about legislative strategies to help improve the lives of individuals with SCD took place.

For the latest on ASH’s SCD initiatives and the status of the Society’s related advocacy efforts, visit www.hematology.org/scd.


ONS, ASH, and APAO Offer Post-Master’s Foundation in Hematology

The online course, which is a joint collaboration with the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and the Association of Physician Assistants in Oncology (APAO), is designed for nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and physician assistants who are new to hematology. Participants will receive an in-depth look at issues related to malignant and nonmalignant disorders, including thrombocytopenia and thrombocytosis, leukopenia and leukocytosis, thrombosis and hemostasis, transfusion medicine, lymphomas, and more than 10
additional topics. The course outline, learning objectives, and registration information are available on the ONS website at www.ons.org/content/post-master’s-foundation-hematology.

This course is available on demand; participants will gain immediate access upon registration. Certification for Nurse Educators (CNE) and Continuing Medical Education (CME) will be available upon successful completion.

To obtain a discount code for the program, contact ASH Customer Relations at [email protected]. Help spread the word, and encourage you colleagues to sign up.


How I Treat 2nd Edition is Available

How I Treat 2015 – A Compendium for the Practicing Hematologist, 2nd Edition, is a collection of top “How I Treat” articles from the Blood journal, reviewed and updated to reflect the most recent scientific and clinically relevant information.

The compendium features 33 articles with clinical insights into the following:

  • Acute leukemia
  • Anemia and red cell disorders
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Lymphoma and lymphoid neoplasia
  • Myeloid neoplasia
  • Plasma cell disorders
  • Thrombopenia and neutropenia
  • Thrombosis and hemostasis
  • Treatment of hematologic disease: medical complications

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