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American Academy of Dermatology Asks, ‘Who’s Got Your Back?’

In recognition of Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month® in May and Melanoma Monday®, observed on May 4 this year, the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy) asks the public to consider “Who’s Got Your Back?” when it comes to applying sunscreen and examining skin for suspicious spots.

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Keeping Legalized Marijuana Out of Hands of Kids

As the realities of legalized marijuana take hold in four states and the District of Columbia, legislators and regulators could learn a lot from the successes – and failures – of the tobacco and alcohol industries in keeping their harmful products out of the hands of children and adolescents.

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Researchers Find Clues that May Predict Recovery Outcomes Following Total Hip Replacement

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A cross-institutional team of researchers have identified a signaling substance (MuIS) that may predict patients who will have poor muscle regeneration outcomes following hip surgery. Testing patients for the presence of MuIS before surgery may help clinicians better plan for those who will need more intensive rehab post-surgery.

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Penn Study Indicates that Gene Therapy Efficacy for LCA is Dynamic: Improvement is Followed by Decline in Vision

Gene therapy for Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), an inherited disorder that causes loss of night- and day-vision starting in childhood, improved patients’ eyesight within weeks of treatment in a clinical trial of 15 children and adults at the Scheie Eye Institute at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. New results involving a subset of patients from the ongoing trial show that these benefits peaked one to three years after treatment and then diminished. The findings are published today in The New England Journal of Medicine.

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NIH-Funded Study Points Way Forward for Retinal Disease Gene Therapy

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Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) is an inherited disorder that causes vision loss starting in childhood. This is the latest report from an ongoing clinical trial of gene therapy for the disorder, funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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Oncolytic Virus and the Treatment of Glioma

Winner of the Donald O. Quest Basic Science Award, Kushal Shah, MD, presented his research, Targeting Ezh2+ Cells with an Oncolytic Virus in Treatment of Glioma.