Tag Archives: Disease

A step closer to identifying cause of a blinding disease

Researchers find clue to rare genetic disorder Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON) is an inherited form of vision loss that causes people to have trouble with their colour vision and difficulty seeing in the centre of their visual field. Due to the founder effect from the filles du roi, there is a disproportionate preponderance of a particular LHON… Read More »

New Parkinson's treatment could halt and even REVERSE disease symptoms

A new treatment that can halt and even reverse Parkinson’s disease is giving sufferers fresh hope. Researchers found boosting levels of a naturally occurring protein can regenerate dying brain cells – if delivered directly into the brain via tubes. The £3million study, funded by Parkinson’s UK and pharma firm MedGenesis, had a five-year trial at… Read More »

These Patients Had Sickle-Cell Disease. Experimental Therapies May Have Cured Them.

Scientists have long known what causes sickle-cell disease and its devastating effects: a single mutation in one errant gene. But for decades, there has been only modest progress against an inherited condition that mainly afflicts people of African descent. With advances in gene therapy, that is quickly changing — so much so that scientists have… Read More »

Co-infection with HIV and HCV does not increase the risk of end-stage liver disease or liver cancer

People with HIV and hepatitis C are no longer at higher risk of end-stage liver disease than people with hepatitis C alone, and the trend is probably associated with the improved effectiveness of antiretroviral treatment, a French study has reported in the journal Hepatology. The study also found that people with HIV and hepatitis C… Read More »

An Introduction to Addison’s Disease

On top of your kidneys sit the adrenal glands — these are two thumb-sized triangular glands that are responsible for the production of several hormones, including adrenaline, cortisol and aldosterone.1 When the glands become physically damaged and cease to function normally, you may have a disorder called Addison’s disease. This is a rare but potentially… Read More »