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