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Gene-silencing: ‘New class’ of medicine reverses disease porphyria

Doctors have used a new type of medicine called “gene silencing” to reverse a disease that leaves people in crippling pain. The condition, acute intermittent porphyria, also causes paralysis and is fatal in some cases. The novel approach fine-tunes the genetic instructions locked in our DNA. Doctors say they are “genuinely surprised” how successful it… Read More »

Why Black Americans Are Living Longer With Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord and is more common among whites than Black people. Now, new findings published in the journal Neurology reveal that African American patients with ALS are more likely to live longer than white… Read More »

Disease has cost Africa 630 million years of ‘healthy life’, according to WHO study

A Ugandan doctor checks a Somali child at an outpatient hospital run by the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in Mogadishu, Somalia. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) Diseases, disability and early death, resulting from illness, has cost the economy of the African continent’s 54 nations $ 2.4 trillion in annual workforce productivity losses in… Read More »