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FDA Approves Targeted RNA-based Therapy to Treat Rare Disease

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Onpattro (patisiran) infusion for the treatment of peripheral nerve disease (polyneuropathy) caused by hereditary transthyretin-mediated amyloidoisis (hATTR) in adult patients. This rare debilitating and often fatal genetic disease is characterized by the buildup of abnormal amyloid protein in peripheral nerves, the heart and other organs. Onpattro is…

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Yale Researchers Make Breakthrough on Alzheimer’s Disease

Researchers at Yale University have tested a new method for directly measuring synaptic loss in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease. Published in the Journal of American Medical Association Neurology, the study was a collaborative effort between researchers at the Yale PET Center and the Yale Alzheimer’s Disease Research Unit. Alzheimer’s disease affects 5.7 million Americans, with…

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Court rules evidence shows Roundup causes cancer.

A federal judge in San Francisco ruled this past week that there is evidence that Monsanto’s weedkiller, Roundup, can cause cancer. Efforts by Monsanto to have the case dismissed were also denied. Both rulings are being considered a victory for those people across the country who have been harmed by exposure to Roundup. Since Monsanto…

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Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID)

Common Variable Immune Deficiency, or CVID, is a relatively common disorder that impairs the immune system. People with CVID are highly susceptible to infection from foreign invaders such as bacteria, or more rarely, viruses. Recurrent infections are common, particularly in the lungs, sinuses and ears and often lead to pneumonia. Over time, the frequency of…

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Summertime and I’m Feeling Fine?

Most of us don’t give much thought to the occasional mosquito, flea or tick bite. With temperatures on the rise, it’s common to spend more time outdoors enjoying nature. It’s important to take precautions before hitting the trail, however, as some of those bites aren’t just dangerous—they are potentially life-threatening. In a recent study by…

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Dealing with Chronic Pain

Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), also known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), is a chronic disorder of a portion of the body, usually the arms or legs, which manifests as pain, swelling, limited range of motion and changes to the skin and limbs. It may initially affect one limb and then spread throughout the body.…

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This Little Red Pill is One to Watch

It’s called Nuedexta—and it is intended to treat a rare condition called pseudobulbar affect, or PBA—a disorder marked by sudden and uncontrollable laughing or crying. Even though this condition affects less than one percent of all Americans, the use of the drug in long-term care facilities has skyrocketed in the past six years. Since 2012,…

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New Research Offers Potential Hope for Lupus Sufferers

For patients who suffer from lupus, their immune cells attack the body’s own tissue and organs as if they are enemy invaders. There are many kinds of lupus, but the most common and severe kind is systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). SLE most often harms the heart, joints, skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, kidneys and nervous…

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When It’s More Than A Concussion

A traumatic brain injury, or TBI, occurs when an external force injures the brain. Causes include slips/trips/falls, vehicle collisions, military incidents, construction incidents, sports and violence. Brain trauma occurs as a consequence of a sudden acceleration or deceleration within the cranium or by a complex combination of both movement and sudden impact. The general term…

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When Fibromyalgia Changes Your World

For many people, dealing with chronic pain is a way of life and it often leads to secondary issues like depression and anxiety. Diagnoses like fibromyalgia are difficult to understand and even harder to treat. Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterized by chronic widespread pain and a heightened pain response to pressure. Other symptoms include…

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