Alberta baby ‘Mighty Hudson’ with rare disease receives new immune system

A Morinville baby with a rare disorder is recovering in Tennessee after undergoing a new procedure to give him a brand new immune system. “Mighty Hudson” Cowie was diagnosed with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) within days of his birth on June 23. The condition, known to many as “Bubble Boy Disease,” prevents his body from fighting illnesses. In August, Hudson […]

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About the Idea That You’re Growing Horns From Looking Down at Your Phone …

You may be hunched over your phone right now, worrying about reports that young people are growing horns on their skulls from spending too much time hunched over smartphones. O. K., cellphones are making us rude and inattentive, but medical experts don’t totally buy the idea that technology is also warping our skeletons. The area of concern is the back […]

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Scientists define the role for a rare, influential set of bone marrow cells

Researchers have defined the roles of various cells in the bone marrow that are thought to control the fate of the nearly half million blood cells that develop there each day. Scientists at NYU School of Medicine behind the new work say little had been known about the fraction of cells examined in the study, the “microenvironment” that makes up […]

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Keeping bone in its place

Heterotopic ossification (HO) is the formation of bone within soft tissue such as muscle, leading to pain and potentially the inability to use a limb. Once thought to be primarily a genetic disease, the cause of most trauma-induced HO is unknown. Reporting this month in the journal Calcified Tissue International, Jonathan Schoenecker, MD, Ph.D., and colleagues led by Stephanie Moore-Lotridge, […]

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You Need Vitamin D to Live. How Could This Woman Survive With None in Her Blood?

In 1992, a 33-year-old Lebanese woman had just immigrated to Canada and went to see a doctor. She was hunched over, and had limited mobility in her lower back, neck, shoulders and hips. Her doctor, Raymond Lewkonia at the University of Calgary, diagnosed her with ankylosing spondylitis, a medical condition that causes vertebrae in her spine to fuse, and thought […]

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Pennsylvania woman with rare bone disease donates skeleton to Philadelphia museum

Carol Orzel wanted her skeleton to be displayed at Philadelphia’s Mutter Museum (pictured) alongside Harry Eastlack, who suffered the same rare bone disease that Orzel did. (AP Photo/Rusty Kennedy, File) Carol Orzel knew she wanted her skeleton to be displayed in a museum back in 1995. She had seen the skeleton of Harry Eastlack on loan from Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum, […]

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Anatomical Sensation: Overlooked the blood vascular system within the bone located

Century long-overlooked network of blood vessels The organs of the human body are widely known – one would think. However, a German research team recently discovered a previously unknown System of fine blood vessels within our bones, that connects the bone marrow with the bone skin. Researchers from the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), of the University hospital of Essen, as […]

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Previously unknown blood vessel system within our bones discovered

Century long-overlooked network of blood vessels The organs of the human body are widely known – one would think. However, a German research team recently discovered a previously unknown System of fine blood vessels within our bones, that connects the bone marrow with the bone skin. Researchers from the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE), of the University hospital of Essen, as […]

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Study reveals gut microbes may help protect people having a bone marrow transplant

Researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) reported results from a new study that looks at the likelihood of complications for people undergoing bone marrow transplants (BMTs). The observational study found that people with lower gut microbiota diversity before having a transplant appear to be at higher risk for developing complications. These findings further support evidence that the connection […]

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Student, 26, has had FOUR hip replacements due to a rare disorder

‘I have already faced more health challenges than most will in their entire life’: Father, 26, has had FOUR hip replacements due to a rare disorder that ‘eats away at his bone’ Aaron Blocker was diagnosed with avascular necrosis in 2010 This causes his bone tissue to die due to a poor blood supply Had his first hip replacement at just […]

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