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November 27, 2012 |
Since ancient times, surgeons have dreamed of transplanting healthy organs into patients disabled by disease and injury, but the human body's powerful immune system stymied all such attempts, leading many observers to conclude that the procedure was impossible. But on Dec. 23, 1954, Dr. Joseph E. Murray of Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston removed a healthy kidney from 23-year-old Ronald Herrick and implanted it in his identical twin, Richard, who was dying of severe kidney disease.
January 23, 2012 |
Paula Deen came out last week. The cookbook author and television personality, known for her enthusiasm for high-fat and fried foods, has been a closet diabetic for three years — and for the moment, she's the chef we love to hate, having seduced us with unhealthful recipes on the one hand while she checked her blood sugar with the other. But she's also a distraction, and the media storm surrounding the news of her illness is exactly the sort of publicity bonanza the pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk must have dreamed of when it hired Deen to be the spokesperson for its new marketing campaign.
September 9, 2011 |
Kidney disease affects about 20 million Americans, many of whom end up on dialysis. But there may be a way to identify and treat severe cases earlier in the course of the disease. In a study published Friday, researchers said that measuring a hormone called FGF-23 can predict which patients will end up needing dialysis. The hormone, fibroblast growth factor-23, was discovered fairly recently and has attracted a lot of attention from researchers for its crucial role in regulating phosphorus in the body.
April 4, 2011 |
Back pain — can't live with it, can't live without it. That is, it's no fun to live with back pain, but the chances of living your whole life without it are pretty much nil. About 80% of Americans suffer from the condition at some point, so if you've never had your back act up or seize up or go out ... well ... just you wait. This explains why, in the U.S., back pain is the second most-frequent reason to go to the doctor — right after the common cold. But here's the rub. In spite of all the knowledge and skill and experience and dedication your doctor may possess, not to mention all the high-tech diagnostic tools that can be brought to bear on your case, there's a good chance you'll never find out exactly what's wrong with your back.
March 10, 2011 |
Lupus drug Benlysta -- and its recent approval by the FDA -- is not run-of-the-mill news. Sometimes federal approval of new drugs doesn't garner much attention, but Benlysta is the first new drug to treat lupus in more than 50 years. And for people with lupus, that's quite a development. Bear in mind: It's not a cure; there isn't one. But the drug holds promise and hope for the estimated 1.5 million people in the U.S. who have some form of the autoimmune disease. RELATED: FDA approves first new treatment for lupus in five decades The blog "The Life of a 20-Something With Lupus" provides a window into how debilitating the condition can be. "I'm just a normal 28 year old woman ... except for the fact that I have Lupus," writes its author, known as Miz Flow.
March 3, 2011 |
A 50-year-old with Type 2 diabetes will lose an average of six years of life as a result of the disease, only one less than would be lost by a long-term smoker of the same age, researchers reported Wednesday. He or she is more than twice as likely to die of cardiovascular disease as someone without diabetes and 25% more likely to die of cancer, according to the report, an international study of more than 820,000 people published in the New England Journal of Medicine. People with Type 2 diabetes are also more likely to die from kidney disease, liver disease, pneumonia, infectious diseases and even intentional self-harm, according to the study, which was conducted by the Emerging Risk Factors Collaboration, based at the University of Cambridge in England.