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Fourteen-year-old Emily Deacon has a chromosome disorder that is so rare even the specialists don’t have a name for it. She was born with club feet and epilepsy and, as a teenager, still does not speak and is in a wheelchair. When she was first diagnosed, her mum, Liz, said...
NEW DELHI — Recuperating in the cardiac care unit of Batra Hospital, 20-month-old Stawan Bijal Shah refuses his feed and cries for his mother. He is one of the youngest patients to undergo a coronary artery bypass surgery for a rare disease which damaged his heart. When Stawan was just...
Checkpoint with forkhead and ring finger (CHFR) is a mitotic stress checkpoint gene whose promoter is frequently methylated in various kinds of cancer. In gastric cancer, CHFR promoter hypermethylation has been reported to lead to chromosome instability (CIN) and genetic instability is one of the hallmarks of human cancer. A...
Bar Harbor, Maine – In the battle against cancer, allies can come from unexpected sources. Research at The Jackson Laboratory has yielded a new approach to treating leukemia, one that targets leukemia-proliferating cells with drugs that are already on the market. Jackson Adjunct Professor Shaoguang Li, M.D., Ph.D., who now...
BURTON, Ohio — The first signs that something was wrong with 11-year-old Connor Teare came when he was a toddler. His muscles were growing increasingly rigid and becoming more difficult to move. He went from leg braces to a walker and, finally, a wheelchair by the time he was 5....
A drug derived from the hydrangea root, used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine, shows promise in treating autoimmune disorders, report researchers from the Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine and the Immune Disease Institute at Children’s Hospital Boston (PCMM/IDI), along with the Harvard School of Dental Medicine. In the...
DURHAM, N.C. – Stem cells that respond after a severe injury in the lungs of mice may be a source of rapidly dividing cells that lead to lung cancer, according to a team of American and British researchers. “There are chemically resistant, local-tissue stem cells in the lung that only...
VOORHEES, N.J. — Adult glioblastoma is a challenging diagnosis which carries a poor prognosis and appears to be associated with genetic alterations of several critical signaling and tumor suppressor pathways. While current treatment options are not curative, there is hope for improving outcomes for patients. In order to do this,...