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2013-09-27 23:02:00

Three neuromuscular diseases are being considered for inclusion in nationwide screening. Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) September 27, 2013 Pediatrician and medical geneticist R. Rodney Howell, who chairs MDA's Board of Directors, testified Thursday before the Subcommittee on Children and Families of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions to advocate for passage of the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act of 2013 (S. 1417). Howell emphasized that:...

2013-09-26 13:01:57

Three grants totaling more than $25 million over four years will help three research groups to develop authoritative information on the millions of genomic variants relevant to human disease and the hundreds that are expected to be useful for clinical practice. The awards are from the National Institutes of Health. More and more medical and research centers are sequencing the DNA of whole genomes (the body's entire genetic blueprint) or exomes (the genome's protein-coding region) of...

2013-09-18 12:55:59

A preclinical study led by researchers at Children’s National Medical Center has found that a new oral drug shows early promise for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). The results, published in EMBO Molecular Medicine, show that the drug, VBP15, decreases inflammation and protects and strengthens muscle without the harsh side effects linked to current treatments with glucocorticoids such as prednisone. Duchenne muscular dystrophy results in severe muscle degeneration and...

2013-09-03 10:13:25

The mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell, converting energy into usable forms. When a child is born with a gene defect that results in dysfunctional mitochondria, the results can be devastating, causing physical and cognitive disability and often death. Using genome-wide sequencing along with personalized functional genomics, researchers led by those at Baylor College of Medicine have identified mutations in a gene called FBXL4 revealing it as a novel cause of primary mitochondrial...

2013-09-01 23:01:32

The Backstreet Boys will open the 48th annual MDA telethon tonight with their newest single "In A World Like This" on ABC television stations across the country. Tucson, AZ (PRWEB) September 01, 2013 Get ready for a "Larger than Life" performance when the Backstreet Boys open the 48th annual MDA Show of Strength Telethon this Labor Day weekend on Sunday, 9/8c, on ABC television stations across the country. The multiplatinum group of A. J. McLean, Howie Dorough, Nick...


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cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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