Cancer sufferer reveals she was made to feel like a ‘hypochondriac’

Cancer sufferer, 29, reveals she was made to feel like a ‘hypochondriac’ for three years by her GP who repeatedly dismissed her ‘constant thrush’, night sweats and armpit pain Rebecca Hetherington started to lose her appetite and feel ‘fluey’ in 2013  Locum doctor eventually referred her for an ultrasound scan in April 2016 Diagnosed with stage two metastatic papillary thyroid cancer on […]

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Proposed gene therapy for a heart arrhythmia, based on models made from patient cells

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital report creating the first human tissue model of an inherited heart arrhythmia, replicating two patients’ abnormal heart rhythms in a dish, and then suppressing the arrhythmia with gene therapy in a mouse model. Their work, published in two papers in the July 30 print issue of the journal Circulation, opens the possibility of developing single-dose […]

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Research confirms nerve cells made from skin cells are a valid lab model for studying disease

The incidence of some neurological diseases—especially those related to aging, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases—is increasing. To better understand these conditions and evaluate potential new treatments, researchers need accurate models that they can study in the lab. Researchers from the Salk Institute, along with collaborators at Stanford University and Baylor College of Medicine, have shown that cells from mice […]

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