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 [...]
We’re often told that if we’re sick, to stay home from work. But what if we can’t? Many Americans don’t have paid sick time and could lose out on pay or even lose their jobs [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
How did physicians use a discovery from a recent #clinicaltrial to save the life of a boy with a dangerous skin condition?
Using a discovery involving the boy’s own stem cells, physicians were able to save the life of a boy with a dangerous genetic skin condition. The patient, who was suffering from junctional epidermolysis bullosa, in [...]
How is the FDA widening the scope of the Reagan Udall Expanded Access Navigator to assist patients with rare or orphan diseases?
Patients with rare diseases face unique challenges. Often, there may be no FDA approved treatments for them, or the patient population with an orphan disease is very small – it may be difficult to find [...]