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#WeAreNotWaiting: Patients use DIY hacks to get the health solutions they need

This article originally appeared in Genome in April 2018. “It was a waking nightmare,” says John Costik of the days and weeks after his son, Evan, then 4 years old, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2012. “A 4-year-old child, who … Continue reading

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Opioids: A crisis decades in the making

This article originally appeared on WebMD.com in March 2017. In 1980, Jane Porter and Hershel Jick published in a prominent medical journal the results of their study of pain among hospital patients.These simple words about patients who took opioids would … Continue reading

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Beyond opioids: The future of pain management

This article originally appeared on WebMD.com in March 2018. Cindi Scheib wanted to die. A three-day weekend spent jumping and dancing on Labor Day 2014 had left her with a neck injury – specifically the cervical spine – that was … Continue reading

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Modern family planning: Expanded carrier screening allows couples to test for hundreds of disorders before conception

This article originally appeared in Genome in October 2017. Kerri Breslin had just turned 30; she and her husband, David, were ready to start their family. Both in great health, the Los Angeles-based couple didn’t expect to have any trouble getting … Continue reading

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Defying the data: Patient advocates push FDA to clear questionable drug

This article originally appeared in Genome in July 2017. In the winter of 2005, Terri Ellsworth arrived at her son Billy’s preschool in a Pittsburgh suburb for her first parent-teacher conference. She was eager to hear how her only son, a … Continue reading

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Road to recovery: Personalized treatments and technology are helping people free themselves from opioid addiction

This article originally appeared in Genome in July 2017. In 1998, Rose Palinkas was finally clean. Using heroin recreationally as a twentysomething in the 1980s had spiraled into a lifelong addiction. It cost her three children. She spent years living on the … Continue reading

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Discovery mission: Uncovering the genetic causes of epilepsy

This article originally appeared in Genome in March 2017. Like most two-and-a-half-year-olds, Savannah Salazar could count to three. She knew a handful of colors and was becoming conversant with the subjects of dogs, cats, bikes, cars, and buses. She was potty-trained, … Continue reading

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New routine: Should all women be screened for BRCA?

This article appeared in Genome in January 2018. At a routine eye appointment at a Geisinger ophthalmology clinic in Coal Township, Pennsylvania, Patrice Molesevich was invited to participate in a study. By contributing two extra tablespoons of blood whenever her doctor … Continue reading

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Carrying a lonely diagnosis: Pregnancy can lead to a rare cancer known as gestational trophoblastic neoplasia

This article appeared in CURE in March 2018. In September 2013, Cindy Lupica, then 37 years old, gave birth to a healthy baby girl. The scene was dramatic, much like Lupica feared it would be. She delivered at 39 weeks in the … Continue reading

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Dial M for medicine: The smartphone is revolutionizing the ways patients engage with doctors and manage their health

This article appeared in Genome in September 2016. During her freshman year at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Isabella San Miguel woke to pounding on her dorm-room door. She bolted upright in her bed and instantly felt the unmistakable dizziness of … Continue reading

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