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 [...]
Today is Giving Tuesday - a day to remember that much of the good in the world is undertaken by not-for-profit organizations. WCG Foundation's goals in expanded access, ethical training for medical research professionals, and [...]
For heart attack patients unwilling to enroll in traditional rehabilitation programs, what could be a good alternative?
The American Heart Association has recently reported a study in which patients who have suffered a heart attack, and were unwilling or unable to enroll in cardiac rehabilitation programs, had success with tai chi. Those [...]
The NIH and a consortium of biotechnical companies have created PACT, or the Partnership for Accelerating Cancer Therapies, to encourage the development of new immune based treatments for cancer. In some types of cancer, immunotherapies [...]
As patients who are receiving treatments via expanded access for diseases are outside of the controlled environment of a clinical trial, their experiences may be considered to be more "real-world." A multi-national chart review has [...]