Category Archives: Health news

Can being a Washington Capitals’ fan make you HAPPIER?

As the Washington Capitals’ winning record brings them closer to the Stanley Cup, Himmelfarb Library looks to the health sciences literature to assess if being a Washington Capitals’ fan can make you happier. In this article, researchers explored the relationship of emotional expression … Continue reading

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Between fatalism and denial: living with a genetic diagnosis

In the recent NEJM essay p53 and me, Shekinah N.C. Elmore describes the experience of living with a genetic diagnosis as “flying between fatalism and denial”.  Dr. Elmore was diagnosed with Li–Fraumeni syndrome during her 1st year of medical school having already survived childhood rhabdomyosarcoma and … Continue reading

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Gene therapy for transfusion-dependent beta thalassemia patients?

Can gene therapy eliminate the need for blood transfusions for patients with transfusion-dependent β thalassemia? This article reports the results of two phase 1-2 studies studied on the use of a gene therapy.  In these studies, patients with transfusion-depenent β-thalassemia received gene … Continue reading

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Is a cure for hemophilia within reach?

 That is the question now being considered in light of a new research article in the New England Journal of Medicine in which a new gene therapy drug was given to men with hemophilia B.  After receiving the new drug, the patients … Continue reading

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What is clinical pharmacogenomics?

Is this drug more effective for individuals with a specific genetic profile?   Are some people at increased risk of a serious drug reaction from a specific drug?   How is pharmacogenomic information being used clinically right now? Pharmacogenomics: Precision Medicine and … Continue reading

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Don’t worry about calories on Thanksgiving!

Concerned about what the Thanksgiving meal could do to your weight or metabolism?   Stop worrying and read this consumer education article on Why You Seriously Don’t Need to Worry About All the Calories on Thanksgiving.   Happy Thanksgiving from Himmelfarb … Continue reading

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Is there a genetic cause for preterm births? 

While evidence has suggested that this is true, the first study identifying specific genetic factors that exist in women with preterm deliveries was just published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  This study used data from nearly 50,000 women … Continue reading

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