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July 23, 2020
The largest study of its kind has demonstrated the power of biobanking, genetics and data analytics to produce new medical insights from enormous pools of patients.
July 16, 2020
Cancer often progresses under the radar, especially in its early and more treatable stages. When symptoms do arise, definitive diagnosis often requires an invasive surgical procedure. So how can we diagnose cancer earlier for more people with less effort and less discomfort? Liquid biopsy is an emerging technology aimed at addressing all of these concerns, […]
July 9, 2020
In a time when good news is desperately needed, researchers are reporting very promising trial results that could yield a robust treatment for inherited blood disorders like sickle cell anemia. The news involves an experimental therapy based on CRISPR, the revolutionary gene-editing technique, and builds on successes we blogged about in December.
June 25, 2020
COVID-19 appears to be hitting men harder than women, and four months into the pandemic, the reason is still a mystery. Scientists are looking at a range of potential factors, including immune response, a protein called ACE 2, hormones, smoking and the well-documented male reticence of going to the doctor.
June 18, 2020
Scientists in Russia may have found a new, more effective and less invasive way to detect prostate cancer, the second-most common cancer in men with nearly 1.3 million new cases and more than 350,000 deaths in 2018.
May 29, 2020
The concept is “convalescent plasma,” a time-honored healing art that has saved patients with diphtheria, measles and the Spanish flu going back to the late 19th century. Plasma is the colorless, liquid portion of the blood. In recovered COVID-19 patients, these plasma-based antibodies presumably provide a period of immunity and may also help recovery of actively infected patients.
May 18, 2020
Although the coronavirus pandemic has turned our worlds upside down, it’s important for you to land on your feet. We want to help. If you work in a medical research organization, you may have or slowed or paused projects because of social distancing, or you may have pivoted to accelerate work on coronavirus treatments, tests or vaccines.
May 7, 2020
When research is on hold, so, in some cases, are patients’ hopes for relief. That’s why it’s important to remember that even if you, as a researcher, are separated from your work, you can continue valuable activities in the background, e.g., project design, planning and preparation.
April 23, 2020
We all yearn to get back to our regular lives, whatever that may look like, as soon as possible. For the sick, that means reclaiming good health. For the sheltered in place, it means seeing our friends. For health care workers, first responders, grocery store employees and others who mix with the public, regular life means a sense of personal safety.