Category Archives: Something Special

Opt-out Organ Donation Saves Lives

Studies show that changing consent to an opt-out policy increases organ supply

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Put that adage in the context of organ donation, and the saying suddenly takes on new, life-saving meaning. Statistics show one donor can save up to eight lives with precious organs … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Diagnosing Mitochondrial Disease

And why a computer hacker faces 15 years in prison for intervening in a troubling case

As one young woman discovered, diagnosing mitochondrial disease isn’t as easy as diagnosing other medical conditions, like cancer or diabetes. There is no definitive test for the disease, especially in its early stages. Doctors just have to trust that the patient … Continue reading

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Figure 1 Allows Medical Professionals To Share Photos of Undiagnosed Cases

The app is a social media community of medical students and professionals

Figure 1 is a social media platform that caters to the medical community. Healthcare professionals can upload photos and information about their patients’ conditions to a large social network for educational purposes. The app is especially useful for doctors who … Continue reading

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FDA Approves New Drug for Sickle Cell Disease

Endari is the first new FDA-approved treatment in 20 years for this debilitating disease

A new drug, Endari, has just received FDA approval for the treatment of sickle cell disease. The medication is the first new sickle cell therapy to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration in over 20 years. Endari is … Continue reading

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Neuropathy Common in Female Cancer Survivors, Study Shows

Nearly half of women experience symptoms many years after finishing therapy

Nearly half of female cancer survivors suffer from chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) even years after completing treatment, a new study shows. The women experience pain, loss of sensation and gait changes that make walking difficult and falls more frequent. The … Continue reading

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FDA Approves Keytruda Based on Cancer Genetics

The first-ever approval focuses on tumor genetics rather than tumor location

For decades, cancer treatments focused on where tumors originated to determine how to treat the disease. But now for the first time, the FDA has approved the immunotherapy drug Keytruda to treat cancers based on genetic biomarkers rather than the location of the … Continue reading

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