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Gene Editing: The Future of Precision Medicine

Gene Editing: The Future of Precision Medicine

  • 3/25/2019 6:30:00 AM
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John Deaver, MS            Gene editing has made headlines in recent years as a promising new technology opening new avenues in research, as well as precision medicine.            The ability for researchers and physicians to perform genetic editing has been around for decades, but historically, it has been an extremely slow and expensive process. One of the reasons for this is that they all rely on using protei...
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I am young and healthy. Why do I need to know my family health history?

I am young and healthy. Why do I need to know my family health history?

  • 3/18/2019 6:30:00 AM
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Ming Li, MSAngelina Jolie, an Oscar-winning actress, announced to have a surgery to remove her ovaries and fallopian tubes to reduce her risk of developing ovarian cancer in 2015. She has already undertook a preventative double mastectomy earlier. She made this difficult decision because she has a strong family health history (FHH) of ovarian cancer. FHH, a record of the diseases and health conditions in one’s family, plays a significant role in early disease detection and prevention. By f...
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Radiation: Bad to the Bone?

Radiation: Bad to the Bone?

  • 3/4/2019 6:30:00 AM
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Sarah Little, M.S.Bone is a complex and active tissue. Most people think once you stop growing that the bone is no longer changing; but actually, bone is constantly remodeling itself – it is just in a balance between resorption and formation. In fact, bone is constantly adapting to the world around it. Many things affect bone, like exercise (or the lack thereof), diet, inflammatory diseases, and radiation. While most people never encounter radiation, individuals with cancer or astronauts e...
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