Ask Dr. Hallberg: Testing for sickle cell anemiaby Tom Crann, Minnesota Public Radio,
Dr. Jon Hallberg, Minnesota Public Radio
St. Paul, Minn. — Our medical analyst Dr. Jon Hallberg got a surprise recently from the NCAA.
The governing body of college sports is now requiring all Division I athletes to be tested for the gene for sickle cell anemia.
It's a condition that in this country predominantly affects African-Americans. Testing for it has historically been controversial.
Hallberg, our regular medical analyst, joined All Things Considered host Tom Crann to talk about the changes.
- All Things Considered, 09/28/2010, 5:24 p.m.
Tom Crann is the host of All Things Considered for MPR News.
Assistant professor in family medicine at the University of Minnesota, and medical director at Mill City Clinic.