These Sons Have An Important And Heartbreaking Message About Their Mom’s Health

More than five million Americans are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease or some form of dementia. Statistics show that one in three seniors dies at the hands of this terrible illness.

Common symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s go far beyond just memory loss. Sufferers can also experience confusion, changes in behavior, hallucinations, and problems with communication. The ordeal is often frightening and confusing for those who are afflicted. There is currently no cure for dementia, but there are treatments that can help patients manage their symptoms.

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While the disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, funding for Alzheimer’s and dementia research is quite limited. To help spread awareness, two young men decided to share the story of their mother’s struggles.

What they have to say is something we all need to hear.

To learn more about Alzheimer’s disease, check out the video below.

If you want to donate or raise awareness, click here. People like these two sons need and deserve all the help they can get.

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These Sons Have An Important And Heartbreaking Message About Their Mom’s Health

Here’s Why Some Cancer Is Resistant to Drugs

Cancer is insidious in so many ways, not the least of which is its ability to mutate constantly and keep growing, even when hit with powerful chemotherapy drugs. Now researchers have carefully canvassed the genomes of some tumors and revealed some of those cancers’ secrets to survival.

Neville Sanjana from the New York Genome Center and New York University and his team took advantage of a new technology called CRISPR to precisely edit the genomes of tumors. They wanted to cut out specific parts of the genome to see if they affected the way the cancer grew. Instead of focusing on known cancer genes, however, they concentrated their splicing efforts on the so-called non-coding parts of the genome: the 98% that doesn’t correspond to known genes. Until recently, scientists called this part of the genome junk DNA, assuming it wasn’t critical to how genes function. But they’ve come to understand that these sections of DNA are essential to how genes work, similar to role that directors and producers play in a movie: they aren’t visible, but they’re guiding the action. The non-coding areas are providing important instructions to genes for when to be active and how much protein to produce.

“This is 98% of the genome and an area a lot of scientists believe we need to look very carefully at,” says Sanjana. “The genome is like a piece of text-if we don’t have Microsoft Word to cut, copy and paste, it’s hard to manipulate the text. Only recently have we had tools like CRISPR to write and edit this text.”

By selectively and methodically editing out specific sections of the genome from a line of human melanoma cells taken from a patient, and then exposing them to a commonly used anti-cancer drug, Sanjana found which parts were contributing to the tumors’ resistance to the drug. In a report published in the journal Science, they even identified some specific regions that could be immediately helpful in identifying people who might develop resistance to the drug and who might benefit from a combination therapy in order to give them better responses. The information could also be invaluable in creating new drugs. Now, with the additional information from the non-coding regions of the genome, scientists will have far more targets for developing possible drugs.

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Pregnant Women Advised Not to Travel to 11 Southeast Asian Countries Over Zika Risk

U.S. health officials on Thursday advised pregnant women to avoid nonessential travel to Southeast Asia and the Maldives because of the potential risk of Zika infection, which can cause severe birth defects.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) singled out 11 countries in its latest advisory: Brunei, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste (East Timor) and Vietnam.

Thursday’s advisory about potential risks in Southeast Asia so far only recommend postponing nonessential travel. The CDC said travelers have been infected with the virus in parts of Southeast Asia, where Zika is endemic and has been present for many years. Many local residents are believed to be immune, though travelers most likely are not.

Read More: Why You Should Care About Zika

“Pregnant women traveling to Southeast Asia could become infected with Zika virus,” the CDC said. “The level of this risk is unknown and likely lower than in areas where Zika virus is newly introduced and spreading widely.”

Zika is a primarily a mosquito-borne disease, but it can also be sexually transmitted. It was identified in Brazil last year and has since spread globally. Infection is not always symptomatic, but can cause a fever similar to dengue. Zika infection during pregnancy can cause serious brain abnormalities such as microcephaly and other birth defects.

Read More: See All the Places Where the Zika Virus Has Spread

The CDC has advised pregnant women to avoid almost 60 countries or regions worldwide because of Zika’s rapid spread.


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