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Are You One of the 30-Million Americans Struggling With An Undiagnosed Disease? Help is Here With This New Network

Mar 22, 2017
Nancy Humphrey

“Patients who apply have not been diagnosed, and it’s not because they don’t have something. It’s because no one has seen it before.” – Dr. John Phillips

(Nashville, TN) — It’s human nature to need answers. Patients with debilitating symptoms need a diagnosis — somewhere to place the blame, a starting point to search for answers. But sometimes finding a diagnosis is like searching for a needle in a haystack, and for 25-30 million Americans, answers don’t come at all. (Photo Credit: Daniel Dubois)

For 15-year-old Maggie Hall of Cookeville, Tennessee, and her family, finding the cause of her rapidly declining vision and worsening muscle weakness took seven years. But with the help of Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s (VUMC) Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) team, Maggie and her family now know where her condition originated — the NADK2 gene. There is currently no cure, but just knowing what they’re dealing is a relief, said Maggie’s father, Mike...





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"Jumping Genes" Has Scientists Questioning Evolution: Discovery "Lifts the Lid" on a Big Mystery

Mar 22, 2017
Julie Borg

"This paper lifts the lid off something that had been largely unsuspected: The tremendous species-specific dimension of human gene regulation…" continue reading here...





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The "Microwave Helmet" is The Wave of the Future in Diagnosing Head Injuries: Can Even be Used in Ambulances Before Arriving at ER

Mar 22, 2017
News Staff

"Microwave technology has the potential to revolutionize medical diagnostics by enabling faster, more flexible and more cost-effective care.” — Mikael Persson

(Sweden) — Results from a clinical study demonstrates that microwave measurements can be used for a rapid detection of intracranial bleeding in traumatic brain injuries. A recently published scientific paper shows that health care professionals get vital information and can quickly decide on appropriate treatment if patients are examined using a microwave helmet. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

The study demonstrates a new health care application for microwave measurements. Previously, microwave measurements have been used to distinguish stroke caused by bleeding in the brain from stroke caused by cloth...





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Caring For A Loved One? Try to Avoid Ever Saying These 5 Things

Mar 22, 2017
Lorie Johnson

While it can be frustrating, especially when it's someone very close to you like your own parents, there are things you should and should not say that can make [caring for a loved one] a bit easier.

Anyone who has ever cared for or spent time with the elderly knows the frustrations that can arise.  Simple things that most of us take for granted can turn into monumental tasks that must be repeated over and over again...





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