Want to try an experimental medicine? Stick with FDA’s expanded access program

On May 30, President Trump signed federal right-to-try legislation, providing another pathway for desperately ill patients who want to try experimental medicines. The legislation leaves in place the existing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded access/compassionate use program. As a result, patients and physicians now have two options for accessing investigational treatments for single-patient treatment [...]

2018-07-16T18:46:36+00:00 July 16, 2018|General|

Introducing Clinical Research Pathways

This week we announced that WCG Foundation is now Clinical Research Pathways. This new name better reflects—and communicates—our vision of opening access and advancing treatments. That’s important because it helps organizations, individuals, and foundations identify us as potential partners who share a commitment to expanding access to investigational drugs and promoting inclusion in clinical research. [...]

2018-07-02T16:41:48+00:00 May 23, 2018|General|

Do supercentenarians, people who live to 110 years and older, have something special in their genetic code?

Supercentenarians, people who live to 110 years and beyond, are a rare group. What makes them special? A “citizen-scientist” has traveled to meet and gather DNA from these long-lived people to learn what the genetic differences are between this population and the rest of us. Of course, lifestyle and luck have played a part, but [...]

2018-06-26T22:13:44+00:00 December 29, 2017|General|

Could #breastcancer be prevented from spreading to the brain?

For women whose breast cancer metastasizes, the disease is generally incurable. Often, these metastases move to the brain, even further limiting treatment options. A new clinical trial is trying to determine if a medication, temozolomide, could prevent breast cancer from metastasizing to the brain. For more on this study, read this from the National Cancer [...]

2017-11-29T06:24:09+00:00 December 22, 2017|General|

#AntibioticResistance could lead to dangerous outcomes. What can be done to prevent this?

The use, and overuse, of antibiotics is of serious concern in the United States. It is believed that over 80% of prescribed antibiotics are unnecessary, which could lead to antibiotic resistance, possibly leading to a return of the time when simple infections were fatal. To avoid this outcome, it is essential that patients and physicians [...]

2017-11-29T06:24:16+00:00 December 19, 2017|General|

What were the first molecules that led to life on Earth?

Much is speculated and studied about the origins of life on Earth. For decades, scientists have believed that the first molecule that led to living beings was RNA. However, questions have remained about the viability of that theory, as RNA is very complicated and sensitive. New computer modeling suggests that proteins, not RNA were the [...]

2017-11-29T06:24:22+00:00 December 15, 2017|General|

3-Reasons to Give

In 2016, a record $390 billion was contributed to charities by individuals, corporations and foundations in the United States, making America the most generous nation in the world. This giving spirit is reflective of Americans across socio-economic lines, with almost one-third of contributions directed to religious organizations and 20% directed to health and human services [...]

2018-05-25T16:30:55+00:00 December 13, 2017|General|

Could there be a link between #football / #soccer and #CTE?

While the link between American football and CTE is being investigated, we may not realize that post-mortem studies are also being conducted to find a link between soccer and CTE. It seems that many retired professional soccer players have suffered from dementia and the onset of the disease was unusually young in these players. Studies [...]

2017-11-29T06:24:34+00:00 December 12, 2017|General|

How can our society study and regulate the offerings of popular, but unproven, regenerative medicine?

Advances have been made in the field of stem cell therapy, but the expansion of therapies offered, some with, some without, a deep level of research, has grown significantly. Many Americans are traveling to other countries with less rigorous testing requirements to access these therapies. But because the range of the available unproven treatments is [...]

2017-11-29T06:24:40+00:00 December 8, 2017|General|
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