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Aug - Sep 2017

Genetic Testing: A Growing Approach to Disease Diagnosis and Treatment

With more than 1,800 genetic tests available through research centers and direct-to-consumer kits, and more than 10 million genetic variants, the interest in genetic testing is rapidly gaining momentum, with some estimates showing a market growth of as much as 25 percent annually. Alongside this rise comes increased access to information about health status and susceptibility to health concerns, diseases and potential expectations for projected life span. “The field of genetics has grown tremendously,” explains... full article

Gastrointestinal Problems in Immunodeficiencies: What Is Leaky Gut?

Along with the skin, the gastrointestinal (GI) tract interfaces our bodies with the world. While we think of the GI tract as being “inside of us,” it is actually connected to the world “outside of us.” In simple terms, our bodies are a “tube,” with the mouth at one end and the anus at the other. Anything in the world can potentially enter the mouth (or anus), migrate through the GI tract and exit from the anus (or mouth). Thus, the GI tract is always in direct contact with the outside world.... full article

Isometrics for the Mobility-Impaired

There are a number of reasons someone receiving immune globulin (IG) treatments may, at least temporarily, not be motivated or able to move much. Fatigue, joint pain, muscle cramps and dizziness may be directly related to the treatment itself or to the patient’s medical condition. Though taking it easy for a day or two following an infusion is certainly understandable, many conditions requiring IG therapy already include weakness and/or muscle atrophy as primary symptoms, and remaining inactive for too long can make the situation worse.... full article

Understanding Stiff Person Syndrome

In 2014, Sallie Rhodes was a normal, happy 25-year-old “with an apartment, roommates, a passion for jogging and a good job as a pediatric nurse.” But, one day, her life was turned upside down. Her body kept locking up from searing spasms that made her legs stiff, her head and neck rigid and the muscles in her torso extremely tense, causing her to suffer concussions, cuts and other injuries. She suffered two years before finally being diagnosed with stiff person syndrome (SPS), a very rare disease of the nervous system.... full article