opinion Matthew R. Bailey Published 11:00 PM EDT Apr 11, 2019 People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals just launched a new ad campaign aimed at an unlikely audience of one. The organization wants President Donald Trump to slash funding for the National Institutes of Health. PETA claims the agency wastes money funding "experiments on animals that fail to produce cures or treatments for humans." So it paid a mobile billboard to drive around the president's Mar-a-Lago resort urging him to "Cut $15 Billion!" from the NIH budget. PETA's regular publicity stunts may garner attention from the public, and even from the president. But they're utterly divorced from reality. Animal research is an irreplaceable step in the drug development process. Without such research, medical advances would grind to a halt — and countless patients would die of otherwise curable diseases. Animal research has led to virtually every medical breakthrough that we now take for granted. Consider … [Read more...] about Opinion: Cutting animal research would hurt humans
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Nearly 20 years ago, scientists stunned the world when they announced they had decoded the genes that make up a human being. They hoped to use that genetic blueprint to advance something called gene therapy which locates and fixes the genes responsible for different diseases. Now, a clinical trial at the National Institutes of Health is doing exactly that in an attempt to cure sickle cell anemia, a devastating genetic disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people around the world every year. For the past 15 months we've been following the scientists, and patients, who are ushering in a genetic revolution. Jennelle Stephenson: I'm excited. Ray Stephenson Today is the big day. It's the day after Christmas, 2017, and 27-year-old Jennelle Stephenson has come with her father and brother from Florida to the National Institutes of Health, just outside Washington, DC. Jennelle Stephenson: Good morning. Dr. John Tisdale: Good morning. She's one of a small group of patients to receive an … [Read more...] about Could gene therapy cure sickle cell anemia?
BUTARO, RWANDA — Three hours along a bumpy dirt road from the capital of Rwanda, a new medical school is emerging from the unlikeliest of places — a small hilltop in the poor farming village of Butaro. The school’s name reveals its ambitious mission: The University of Global Health Equity. It aims to transform both medical education and medical care for the rural poor in central Africa and to serve as a model for more equitable health care around the globe. The new university is setting out to achieve this from the poorest part of Rwanda, a nation still recovering and rebuilding from genocide and civil war a quarter-century ago. Story Continued Below From this village, where only one in four residents finish primary school and the first doctor arrived just a decade ago, this new species of medical school aims to train doctors to treat the world’s people as they mostly live in the real world, without access to expensive and high-tech services. And its emphasis … [Read more...] about What a medical school on a Rwandan hilltop can teach the United States
Jan 25, 7:09 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury Technology By Vanessa Doctor 01/25/19 AT 6:59 AM There are many diseases that can be fatal to anybody who is exposed to them, with some leading to death in an instant if the person is unprotected. Unlike slow-escalating illnesses such as AIDS and cancer, which allow a victim to still have time to be with loved ones and seek treatment, there are certain diseases that can kill within just a day. The fact that many of these also still do not have a cure makes the situation worse. Here are 10 fatal diseases that can kill in less than 24 hours.1. StrokeAccording to the American Stroke Association, stroke is the number five cause of death in the U.S., with someone dying from it at an astounding frequency of every four minutes. Stroke is described as a blood clot in the brain that disables oxygen from bringing the necessary nutrients for its proper functioning. Medications may be … [Read more...] about 10 Fatal Diseases That Can Kill You In Less Than 24 Hours
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