Recent News from MetaMed

Join MetaMed at GF2045 International Congress NYC

Naureen Nayyar

MetaMed's founders will be attending as sponsors for the GF2045 International Congress that will be held June 15 and 16 in New York City's Lincoln Center.  Please find our booth in the sponsors area of the event.  Contrary to what the name might imply, the international congress takes place this month in the year 2013, and is about planning for the future needs of human evolution. 

John Wilbanks Becomes Sixth Member of MetaMed Advisory Board

Naureen Nayyar

Earlier this week, John Wilbanks, Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks and a Senior Fellow in Entrepreneurship at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, became a scientific advisoror to MetaMed.  He has a wide variety of boards where he sits, the most known to the open source world would be the Creative Commons Science advisory board.  According to his wikipedia page, Wilbanks also helped create a project called CtR.

Sjögren's Syndrome Comes With High Risk of Complications

Lauren McNamara

Primary Sjögren's syndrome is an autoimmune condition characterized by generalized bodily dryness, which results from the immune system acting against the body's own exocrine glands. The exocrine glands are responsible for the secretion of various bodily fluids such as tears and saliva. Sjögren's syndrome can cause dry skin, dry eyes, dry mouth, dryness of the nasal passages, vaginal dryness, and chronic bronchitis.

Three-Drug Regimen Clears Hard-To-Treat Hepatitis C

Lauren McNamara

Hepatitis C is a viral infection affecting the liver and other systems, leading to a variety of related symptoms. Chronic hepatitis C infection, when not asymptomatic, causes inflammation of the liver, resulting in scarring, cirrhosis, and potentially liver failure or liver cancer. Altogether, these conditions make hepatitis C the most common cause for liver transplantation.

Do Cranberries Prevent UTIs?

Abby Brennan

 Urinary tract infections, or UTIs, can be very painful and cause burning with urination. In order to prevent UTIs, many people drink cranberry juice or take cranberry capsules, since cranberry is thought to contain a substance that prevents bacteria from sticking to the walls of the bladder. However, a systematic review of the evidence suggests that cranberries do not prevent UTIs.

New Chemotherapy Regimen Equally Effective Without Radiation

Lauren McNamara

Primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma is a cancer arising from the mediastinum, a part of the thoracic cavity. This type of lymphoma is characterized by the growth of large masses in the mediastinum, and most commonly occurs in young adults. Some of the most commonly used chemotherapy regimens used for lymphoma, such as CHOP-R – rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisolone – are not as effective at treating this type of lymphoma, with the disease continuing to progress in about 20% of patients even with radiation therapy.


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