Gene Therapy Aims to Cure Blindness

Gene Therapy Aims to Cure Blindness

Doctors have used the up-and-coming gene therapy tool CRISPR in a human for the first time as part of an ongoing clinical trial to treat a genetic condition called Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). LCA is an inherited eye disorder that affects the retina (the layer of...

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New Options for Treatment of High Cholesterol

New Options for Treatment of High Cholesterol

In late February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new medication for the treatment of high cholesterol. The medication, called Nexletol (bempedoic acid), is meant to be used in combination with a healthy diet and statin therapy to treat high...

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Scientists Studying Hereditary Condition Win Nobel Prize

Scientists Studying Hereditary Condition Win Nobel Prize

Dr. William G. Kaelin, Jr., Sir Peter J. Ratcliffe, and Dr. Gregg L. Semenza won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their work related to a genetic condition called von Hippel-Lindau syndrome (VHL). VHL is a hereditary cancer syndrome that is...

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Your Checklist for Ovarian Cancer Genetic Counseling

Your Checklist for Ovarian Cancer Genetic Counseling

Less than 3% of cancer in women is ovarian in nature, but ovarian cancer accounts for more deaths than any other cancer of the female reproductive system. Epithelial ovarian cancer is the most common type of ovarian cancer, accounting for 85-90% of ovarian cancers....

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Hereditary Thyroid Cancer

Hereditary Thyroid Cancer

The endocrine system is the bodily system that regulates our metabolism, growth and development, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, mood, and more. Glands that produce hormones and regulate these functions include: Pineal glandPituitary glandThyroidThymusAdrenal...

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9 Myths About Men and Hereditary Cancer

9 Myths About Men and Hereditary Cancer

Last Updated May 30, 2019 True or false? Men don’t need genetic testing since only women can have a hereditary risk to develop cancer. Answer: FALSE. The notion that men cannot have hereditary cancer mutations that put them at increased risk to develop cancer is just...

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