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2011-11-22 07:05:00

BOSTON, Nov. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, November 10, 2011, Grey's Anatomy character "Henry Burton" played by actor Scott Foley died from complications from von Hippel-Lindau (VHL). Foley's character introduced the rare genetic disease to mainstream media and now it is our task to continue educating the world about VHL and one day find a cure. VHL is a genetic disease which causes excessive growth of blood vessels which cause abnormal growth of tumorous tissues in multiple areas in...

2011-11-09 07:00:00

MAPLE GROVE, Minn., Nov. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Why is a daily skin care routine so important? Healthy skin is vital to both inner wellness and outer beauty. Skin is the largest organ and your own personal body guard. It works day and night to regulate body temperature, maintains water and electrolyte balance, and is your body's first defense against viruses and bacteria. Be good to your skin and replenish lost moisture to the skin's surface for healthy, hydrated, glowing skin. Dr. Alan...

2011-11-02 08:52:13

Researchers have identified a potential drug therapy for a premature ageing disease that affects children causing them to age up to eight times as fast as the usual rate. The study is the first to outline how to limit and repair DNA damage defects in cells and could provide a model for understanding processes that cause us to age. The findings could have significant benefits, such as reducing degeneration of some tissues in older age, and could assist health management in countries,...

2011-10-31 11:05:00

NEW YORK, Oct. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Children's Tumor Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and well-being of millions of people living with neurofibromatosis (NF) and the leader in funding medical research to find treatments for the disorder, will host its 2011 Annual Benefit Dinner on Wednesday, November 2 in New York City to thank its supporters. This year the Children's Tumor Foundation will present the 2011 Children's Humanitarian Award to...

2011-10-21 09:09:05

The condition tuberous sclerosis, due to mutation in one of two tumor suppressor genes, TSC1 or TSC2, causes the growth of non-malignant tumors throughout the body and skin. These tumors can be unsightly and cause serious damage to organs. Growth of tumors in the brain may cause seizures and in the kidney, liver or heart, tumors can disrupt normal function, to the extent of causing the organ to fail. New research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Cell and Bioscience shows that...

2011-09-27 17:39:06

Children's National study focused on positive effects of lovastatin Researchers at Children's National Medical Center have found that a cholesterol-lowering statin drug appears to be safe in children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and may improve learning disabilities, including verbal and nonverbal memory. This is the first time that the drug lovastatin has been studied in children with NF1. The study, led by Maria T. Acosta, MD, a pediatric neurologist and researcher at Children's...

2011-08-23 07:00:00

MAPLE GROVE, Minn., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Beauty sleep is the best trick in the book for looking great, but with a busy schedule and lengthy to-do list, getting that much-needed rest is easier said than done. While catching enough zzz's (7-8 hours per night) is essential for flawless looking skin, a proper, pre-bedtime skin care routine is just as important. So before nodding off at night, dab on your favorite facial cream and apply a body moisturizer--it's like a soothing lullaby...

2011-08-10 22:57:25

New England Journal of Medicine study suggests linkage between gene variant and the much-documented syndrome of the 'Elephant Man' Orthopaedic surgeons from Children's National Medical Center are part of a team of researchers that has identified the genetic mutation causing Proteus syndrome, a rare disorder in which tissue and bone grow massively out of proportion. The discovery appears in the July 27, 2011, online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. The study, led by researchers...

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2011-07-28 13:30:03

Scientists have found a single gene mutation responsible for a rare condition associated with "Elephant Man" syndrome. Joseph Merrick, known as the Elephant Man, suffered from a rare disorder in which tissue and bone grows massively out of proportion. The researchers said drugs now in development may one day help similar patients because the gene is also linked to cancer.  The disease, known as the Proteus syndrome, is marked by uncontrolled tissue and bone growth. According to the...

2011-07-26 07:00:00

MAPLE GROVE, Minn., July 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Rough patches of dry, flaky skin on your elbows and knees are your body's call to arms to start protecting them from severe dry skin with AmLactin XL® Moisturizing Lotion. AmLactin XL® contains a unique (patent-pending) ULTRAPLEX® formula, an extra-strength blend of three moisturizing compounds derived from lactic acid, that provides superior hydration for dry skin that is often...