The Future is here for SMA

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Did you know that August is SMA Awareness Month?  Spinal Muscular Atrophy, or SMA, is a genetic disease that affects about 1 in 11,000 babies born each year, regardless of sex or ethnicity1. Approximately 1 in 54 Americans is a carrier of a genetic change that may lead to having a child with SMA if […]

Making Sense of ‘Chronic’ Lyme Disease Diagnoses

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For most patients who contract Lyme disease, oral antibiotics will successfully treat the symptoms. However, some patients who get the infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi report lingering symptoms such as fatigue, pain, and joint and muscle aches long after the antibiotics are finished. Sometimes referred to as “chronic” Lyme disease (CLD), the Centers […]

Raising Awareness of Fragile X Syndrome

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Fragile X syndrome, caused by an altered gene on the X chromosome, is inherited and there may be family characteristics that indicate if there is risk of carrying this altered gene.

Genetic Testing for Cancer Survivors

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It is important for cancer survivors to talk to their healthcare providers about genetic testing on a regular basis.

Opioid Abuse Causing Explosion in Hepatitis C Cases

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A surge in hepatitis C cases, especially in younger populations, is the hidden result of the opioid epidemic.

The Links Between Opioids and Coronary Heart Disease

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In addition to the crisis’ impact on families, finances, and futures, scientific evidence shows cardiovascular dangers are emerging from opioid misuse.

Too good to be true? New study suggests that “good cholesterol” may not always be helpful in reducing cardiovascular risk

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A new study suggests that a novel lab test that analyzes specific HDL proteins may better predict risk of — and death by — coronary heart disease in some patients. 

As Tick-Borne Diseases Soar, Prevention is Key

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Incidence of tick-borne disease has risen rapidly and prevention is the key to slow the number from climbing.