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. [...]
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 [...]
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 staying home to recover from an illness, like the flu. If you have no choice, there are options to [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 which the skin sheds the epidermis, had lost over eighty percent of his top layer of skin. Through the growth [...]