CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 1992 |
In a discovery that could have implications in combatting a number of serious diseases, researchers have found the gene that causes myotonic dystrophy, a wasting disorder that is the most common form of muscular dystrophy in adults. Only two weeks ago, scientists announced that they had narrowed the search to a very small region of the human genetic blueprint.
February 10, 1991 |
DR. JOHN MULVIHILL was working quietly in his office at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall of 1989 when the telephone rang. The caller was somber and to the point: "Mrs. Spann's got it." For a moment, the words didn't register. "Got what?" Mulvihill asked. But then, even before the question mark had formed at the end of his sentence, he knew. Mulvihill was stunned. Gloria Carter Spann, the sister of former President Jimmy Carter, had pancreatic cancer.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1992 |
A team of scientists including a UC Irvine geneticist has discovered a genetic marker for an inherited disorder that can produce tumors in the brain or other organs. Finding the genetic marker for the disease known as tuberous sclerosis is a key step in the search for the actual gene that causes the disorder, said Dr. Moyra Smith, a professor of pediatric genetics at UCI.
March 2, 1993 |
Doris Goldman is the quintessential professional. On a recent weekday, she is in her glass-walled office early, having made the short walk from a modern condominium complex across the street, home to hard-core Irvine business executives who can't waste time on a long commute. She has a lot on her mind today: the Chicago Tribune, Philadelphia Inquirer, 20-20. She has to get through to all of them. Twist their arms. Make them listen. The media can reach a lot of people fast.
February 9, 1992 |
The National Cancer Institute, which estimates that between 4 million to 6 million women were given DES, has issued the following information and recommendations regarding the drug: * Women who were pregnant between 1940 and 1971 and had problems or a history of problems during pregnancy may have been given DES or a similar drug. * Researchers have linked DES exposure before birth to an increased risk of developing a rare form of cancer of the vagina or cervix called clear cell adenocarcinoma.
March 24, 1990 |
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved a new drug for so-called "Bubble Boy Disease" that will enable many children suffering from the rare genetic disorder to escape their sterile plastic environments and live relatively normal lives. Researchers said that the drug may be the forerunner of others useful for treatment of other incurable genetic disorders. "For the first time, there is a treatment for directly correcting an inherited enzyme deficiency disease," said Dr.
April 14, 2008 |
MY MATERNAL grandmother had Alzheimer's disease. Before she died, she forgot our names, our faces and, eventually, how to speak and think.But my grandfather's heartbreak was the most painful to witness. I remember watching the two of them on the sofa together in the months before she died. My grandfather, a sometimes severe man not overly disposed to expressions of tender emotion, cooed into my grandmother's ear: "My bride, oh my bride. I love you. Do you hear me? I love you. " She just stared down blankly, folding napkins.
February 10, 1991 |
MY MOTHER'S brother, Uncle Paul, died when I was in 12th grade. While my mother was away at the funeral, my father took me out to dinner in Beverly Hills and tried to tell me about my uncle's illness--all my uncles' illnesses. My mother's three brothers had the same rare disorder, he said. It was hereditary: Huntington's disease. Then, perhaps fearing to tell dire news to someone so young, he assured me that our family would be fine.
July 16, 2007 |
The number of newborns living in states that require genetic screening for more than 20 debilitating or fatal health conditions more than doubled in just two years, to about 90%. Thirty-eight percent of infants in 2004 were born in states that screened for at least 21 conditions, including cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia, according to a report released last Monday by the March of Dimes. As of June 1, the percentage rose to 87.5%, or about 3.6 million babies, the report said.
June 27, 2000 |
Now, the hard work begins. For all the celebration Monday over deciphering "The Book of Life"--the genetic information that controls most of what goes on in the human body--scientists know that they will need decades to fully comprehend the text. In the end, they promise a new era of medicine with new treatments for nearly every medical ailment--treatments that come from tweaking the genes that tell cells how to go about the work of daily life.