Tag Archives: Disease

Gene-silencing: ‘New class’ of medicine reverses disease porphyria

Doctors have used a new type of medicine called “gene silencing” to reverse a disease that leaves people in crippling pain. The condition, acute intermittent porphyria, also causes paralysis and is fatal in some cases. The novel approach fine-tunes the genetic instructions locked in our DNA. Doctors say they are “genuinely surprised” how successful it… Read More »

Massive heart disease victory

THE death toll from heart disease is likely to fall after the federal budget funded three key initiatives — a $ 20 million anti-smoking campaign, updated heart disease risk guidelines and post heart attack support. The measures are the latest victory for the #ShowSomeTicker campaign run in partnership between the Heart Foundation and News Corp… Read More »

Ending Parkinson’s disease: The path is getting shorter

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects movement, resulting most notably in tremor, slow movement, stiffness and balance issues. While Parkinson’s patients benefit from medicine that can alleviate some of these symptoms, there are no available treatments to slow, halt or reverse the progressive destruction of dopamine-producing brain cells and abnormal clumping… Read More »