Patisiran (Onpattro): First targeted RNA-based therapy approved to treat hATTR

August 14, 2018 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved Patisiran (Onpattro) infusion for the treatment of peripheral nerve disease (polyneuropathy) caused by hereditary transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis (hATTR) in adult patients.

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Risk of Bullous Pemphigoid with Type 2 Diabetes Drugs

August 12, 2018 – Findings from a retrospective case-control study were published online August 8, 2018, in JAMA Dermatology indicate that the use of certain dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitor drugs are associated with a small but significantly elevated risk for developing bullous pemphigoid,

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Ivosidenib (Tibsovo) for AML-patients with IDH1-mutations

July 22, 2018 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved Ivosidenib (Tibsovo) for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who have a specific genetic mutation in the IDH1 gene.  

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Coffee Drinking, Genetic Variation, and Mortality

July 07, 2018 – A very recent paper by Loftfield E. et al., published online in JAMA Intern. Med. on July 02, looked at the association of coffee drinking with mortality by genetic variation in caffeine metabolism.

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Erenumab-Aooe (Aimovig): Novel preventive treatment for migraine approved

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Epidiolex: Marijuana-derived drug to treat rare forms of epilepsy

June 26, 2018 – The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just approved Cannabidiol (Epidiolex), for the treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome, two rare and severe forms of epilepsy, in patients two years of age and older. 

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Winning the FIFA World-Cup: Is it all genetic?

Midway through the Soccer World Cup 2018 – Granted, the author of this article (that’s me) is addicted to soccer on several levels. For one, I have played football (same as soccer for the world outside the US) as a goal keeper myself; not at the highest performance levels,

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Neural tube defects with Dolutegravir-based HIV medications

May 22, 2018 –The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just released a Safety Alert concerning serious neural tube defects that might arise in babies born to women who took HIV medications that contained the active ingredient Dolutegravir. Neural tube defects are birth defects that can occur early in pregnancy when the spinal cord,

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Breast cancer: Multigene sequencing replaces BRCA tests

May 15, 2018 –An increasing number of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer are opting for multigene sequencing instead of the more limited testing for only BRCA1/ BRCA2 mutations, according to a new report.

The findings come from the ICanCAre study, 

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New gene variants in depression

May 13, 2018 – Researchers have uncovered 17 genetic variants linked to different depression-related phenotypes in a large genome-wide association study, including variants near genes involved in neurotransmission and synapse function.

The first author of the study, David Howard, Center for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh,

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