Think you can’t donate your tissue since you have rheumatoid arthritis? Think again. Researchers want your tissue and blood samples in order to conduct a variety of research projects.
The Robert S. Boas Center for Genomics & Human Genetics , as part of the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in New York, is examining patterns in the human genome to find specific genetic risks for diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus to Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia.
Established in 1997 by a group of rheumatologists and researchers from across the country, the North American Rheumatoid Arthritis Consortium (NARAC) has identified several major risk genes for RA . NARAC is led by Feinstein Institute researcher, Peter K. Gregersen, MD, who identified the two polymorphisms associated with RA and lupus - PTPN22 and STAT4 - years ago.
Although there is still much to know about genetic risk factors rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases, co...
In Funding MS Research: National MS Society, Myelin Repair Foundation, Nancy David Foundation, Montel , I focused upon MS organizations in the United States which directly fund and support researchers. In today’s post, I will introduce you to a few non-profit organizations which are very focused in their purpose and research activities. From patient registeries, to knowledge databases, to tissue samples and brain donations, these smaller organizations and projects are doing some wonderful work in MS research.
NARCOMS (Consortium of MS Centers)
The North American Research Committee On Multiple Sclerosis (NARCOMS) initiated in 1993 by the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) Project, is led by Dr. Tim Vollmer, an international leader in multiple sclerosis care, immunology, and MS research. With support from United Spinal Association, Paralyzed Veterans Association, National MS Society, and unrestricted grants from pharmaceutical companies,...
Bloody stools often are a sign of an injury or disorder in the digestive tract. Your doctor may use the term "melena" to describe black, tarry, and foul-smelling stools or "hematochezia" to describe red- or maroon-colored stools.
Stools - bloody; Hematochezia; Melena; Stools - black or tarry
Blood in the stool may come from anywhere along your digestive tract, from mouth to anus. It may be present in such small amounts that you cannot actually see it, and it is only detectable by a fecal occult blood test.
When there is enough blood to change the appearance of your stools, the doctor will want to know the exact color to help find the site of bleeding. To make a diagnosis, your doctor may use endoscopy or special x-ray studies.
Black stool usually means that the blood is coming from the upper part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. This includes the esophagus, stomach, and the first part of the small i...
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