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What Is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy?

What Is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy?

What Is Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy?

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common type of muscular dystrophy--a debilitating group of illnesses that not only rob children of their ability to move properly, but can dramatically shorten their lives.

Urothelial Carcinoma: Bladder Cells Gone Rogue

Urothelial Carcinoma: Bladder Cells Gone Rogue

Urothelial Carcinoma: Bladder Cells Gone Rogue

Smoking and working with industrial chemicals may put people at higher risk for this cancer. The bladder, a balloon-like organ that stores urine, can expand when it’s full and contract when it’s empty thanks to special cells lining the urinary tract called urothelial or transitional cells....

The A’s and B’s of Hemophilia

The A’s and B’s of Hemophilia

The A’s and B’s of Hemophilia

When we sustain a cut or injury, more than a dozen clotting factors, or special proteins circulating in the body, are activated in a cascade to help us stop bleeding. “People born with the genetic disorder hemophilia have insufficient levels of one of these clotting factors, so they bleed for a...

Got the Flu? It May Be Because of Your Genes

Got the Flu? It May Be Because of Your Genes

Got the Flu? It May Be Because of Your Genes

Now a growing area of research, aided by advances in human genome sequencing technology, shows that genetics plays an important role in the immune system’s ability to fight off foreign invaders.

The Rare Skin Cancer You May Not Know

The Rare Skin Cancer You May Not Know

The Rare Skin Cancer You May Not Know

An aging and highly sun-exposed population, plus an increasing number of immune problems, may be causing a rise in a rare cancer related to the skin’s touch receptors called Merkel cell carcinoma.

Smallpox Vanquished

Smallpox Vanquished

Smallpox Vanquished

Once one of the world’s deadliest diseases, smallpox’s complete eradication was the result of a worldwide deployment of a vaccine begun 50 years ago. To date it’s still the only human disease ever to disappear from Earth.

The Long, Meticulous, and Sometimes Perilous Journey of an International Vaccine

The Long, Meticulous, and Sometimes Perilous Journey of an International Vaccine

The Long, Meticulous, and Sometimes Perilous...

About half the world’s vaccines go to sub-Saharan Africa. Time and temperature can make getting them there safely tricky.

The Future of Diabetes

The Future of Diabetes

The Future of Diabetes

The next generation of diabetes treatments involve overriding glucose absorption in the kidneys, an uptick in gut hormones, and ditching the finger prick. 

Germs 101 (infographic)

Germs 101 (infographic)

Germs 101 (infographic)

A pathogen - commonly known as germs- is a living particle that causes disease or illness, most often by disrupting the normal functioning of the human body.

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