Tag: New England Journal of Medicine

Four Hemophiliac Patients Successfully Treated with Gene Therapy

By Veronique Greenwood | December 12, 2011 4:53 pm

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Hemophilia, a disease whose victims can suffer serious internal bleeding and may bleed to death from injuries, has a long and eventful history. Caused by defective blood clotting factors, the disease has been with us since at least the second century, when a rabbi gave mothers whose first two sons had bled to death from circumcision wounds permission to leave the third sons uncircumcised. It also famously afflicted several members of European royal families. But a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine brings us a bit closer to a new kind of historic event: a cure.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Health & Medicine

Three New Promising Treatments for Treating Lethal Melanoma

By Valerie Ross | June 7, 2011 2:03 pm

What’s the News: Three new drugs have been shown to improve survival and slow disease progress in patients with metastatic melanoma. This advanced form of the disease is the deadliest type of skin cancer, with patients surviving for an average of only 6 to 9 months. Phase III clinical trials of the treatments—a new chemotherapy drug, an immune-system treatment combined with traditional chemotherapy, and a vaccine combined with another immune treatment—were recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Health & Medicine, Top Posts

Leave the Armadillos Alone: They're the Only Animals That Can Give You Leprosy

By Veronique Greenwood | April 28, 2011 3:48 pm

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What’s the News: Please back away from the armadillo, ma’am. You can watch them from a distance, even take pictures, but don’t play with or eat Texas’s state mammal: scientists have just confirmed that it is a source of leprosy infections in humans.

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CATEGORIZED UNDER: Health & Medicine, Living World
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