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Month: August 2016

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September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month

August 31, 2016

Every three minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with a form of blood cancer, such as leukemia, lymphoma, or myeloma, and every nine minutes someone in our country dies from the disease, according to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Additionally, more than a third of blood cancer patients still do not survive […]

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Precision Medicine Initiative Participation Survey: Results Show Americans are Eager to Further Medical Advancements

August 23, 2016

One of the largest questions surrounding President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program is this: Is it possible to recruit one million U.S. citizens willing to provide an array of health information to further the pursuit of truly personalized medicine? A National Institutes of Health (NIH) survey released last week confirmed that patients from […]

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The Brains Within the Bodies: A Look at How Neurological Differences Set Olympic Gymnasts Apart

August 17, 2016

For almost two weeks now, the world has been mesmerized by the seemingly superhuman abilities exhibited by Olympic athletes in Rio. As we blogged about earlier this year, researchers have been very interested in studying the negative effects of intense exercise and sports on the human body, such as the consequences of repetitive head trauma. World […]

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Sourcing Heart Tissue to Study Cardiac Fibrosis

August 9, 2016

Congestive heart failure (CHF), a progressive condition that affects the pumping power of the heart, currently impacts about 5.7 million adults in the United States. CHF is often life-threatening, with 50% of patients passing away within five years of diagnosis. The most common type of CHF is left-sided CHF, and when fibrosis, a related scarring […]

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