Date of Award

Winter 12-14-2021

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Anita Nucci

Second Advisor

Jessica White


Sickle cell disease (SCD) is a recessive genetic disorder that plagues many ethnic communities globally. This disorder can cause many health issues such as strokes, pain crisis, acute chest syndrome, and organ damage. These complications from SCD can be debilitating for anyone that has been diagnosed with it. Although there are several types of SCD, research is necessary to find a cure or reduce the severity of the symptoms associated with SCD. Children who suffer from SCD should be the focus of researchers; children should be happy and carefree. To improve society and advance as humans, we need healthy children to succeed the aging adults. Finding a cure to diseases like SCD will add to human advancements. Until a cure is discovered, alternate treatments, like disease-specific nutritional plans, will help multiple communities and society as a whole. Currently, there are online sources that give options on reducing pain crisis for patients with SCD, but those websites don’t give focused nutritional advice. For example, online sources might state that drinking more water, applying a heating pad, or eating more fruits and vegetables will help reduce the pain. The development of a recipe book for children with SCD will allow these individuals to reduce the occurrence of debilitating painful days. The recipe book will provide children with SCD options to have a beverage that will promote dilation of their blood vessels and allow the RBC to flow through the circulatory system without causing tremendous amounts of pain if any at all.


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