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The Oral Microbiome’s Role in Heart Disease, Lung Disease, and Cancer

Written by: Hailey Motooka, Bonnie Feldman, DDS, MBA, Ellen M. Martin Long before anyone knew about the existence of the oral microbiome, or even about the existence of microbes themselves, Hippocrates reportedly cured systemic conditions, such as arthritis, by pulling infected teeth (1). Sound crazy to you? Well it sounds crazy to a lot of… Continue reading The Oral Microbiome’s Role in Heart Disease, Lung Disease, and Cancer

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Science 37- Accelerating Biomedical Research by Putting Patients First

The importance of patients participating in clinical trials can not be underestimated.  Just ask Alicia Staley, the Vice President of patient affairs at Science 37, who believes, “It is our obligation as patients, at the end of a treatment journey, to turn around and hold the hands of others.” At Your Autoimmunity Connection we have… Continue reading Science 37- Accelerating Biomedical Research by Putting Patients First

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Take Control of Your Own (Auto)Immune System

By: Tiffany Simms, Bonnie Feldman, Ellen M. Martin Autoimmunity is individually, statistically, institutionally invisible. Just reading the stats around autoimmune and chronic diseases could get you down in the dumps. Perhaps the worse part is that millions, probably billions, world-wide face this disease with a health care system that treats symptoms without looking at underlying… Continue reading Take Control of Your Own (Auto)Immune System

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Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: One Person’s Power to Ignite Collaboration

Kathy Giusti was an ambitious Harvard Business School graduate with a promising career in the pharmaceutical industry.  Her attention was focused on her work, her growing family, and their new home, but the trajectory of her life took a dramatic turn when she was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a rare blood cancer, at the age… Continue reading Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: One Person’s Power to Ignite Collaboration

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Syapse: New Power for Patients through Knowledge Sharing

Why do I love Silicon Valley?  Because of the spirit of open collaboration embodied by folks like Halle Tecco, members of XX in Health, and anyone who operates like Jonathan Hirsch. Hirsch is the co-founder and president of Syapse, and when I first met him at Burrill, Syapse was a relatively new company.  When I… Continue reading Syapse: New Power for Patients through Knowledge Sharing

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The Lonely Universe of Autoimmune Diseases and Hope for the Future

How would you feel if, after years of searching for a diagnosis, you finally found out you have an autoimmune disease, and then you realized that your doctors will have to experiment on you to find the right treatment? That’s the state of the art today in autoimmune diseases like Crohn’s, Lupus, and MS. At… Continue reading The Lonely Universe of Autoimmune Diseases and Hope for the Future

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Ayasdi – Using the Power of Math to Solve Medical Mysteries

Do you have a friend who has beaten the odds and survived cancer? I do. When I was in dental school, my best friend’s husband was diagnosed with melanoma and given 6 months to live.  Today, over twenty years later, he is still enjoying life.  Imagine if there was a technology that could show us… Continue reading Ayasdi – Using the Power of Math to Solve Medical Mysteries

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You May Be More Than Your Genes

Ever wonder why family genetics don’t always make sense? According to the increasing number of publications on epigenetics, shown above, there may be both environmental and social influences involved. What is Epigenetics? Epigenetics is the change in gene expression that results from environmental and social causes that are not related to the DNA itself.  "The… Continue reading You May Be More Than Your Genes

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Big Data and Genomics: Baby Steps

In the future, patients may no longer have to wait for the right diagnosis because scientists have decreased the time and cost of sequencing the human genome - the time has decreased from nine months in 2000 to 24 hours today, and also the cost has decreased from about $95 million in 2001 to $7950… Continue reading Big Data and Genomics: Baby Steps