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Physicians and Patients Both Have a Role to Play in Eradicating Health Disparities Among African-Americans

Editor’s Note: September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month and Real World Health Care would like to thank ZERO – The End of Prostate Cancer for reminding us that prostate cancer disproportionately affects Black patients, as detailed in the following article from their Journey to ZERO blog. We invite our subscribers … (read full article)

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CAR-T Cell Immunotherapy: What to Expect

As the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community (CSC), including its Gilda’s Club affiliates, is dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. CSC achieves its mission through three areas: direct … (read full article)

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The Evolution of CAR-T Therapy

Over the past two decades there’s been tremendous progress in understanding how to harness the body’s immune system to fight cancer. Today, immunotherapy is a mainstay of cancer treatment. One of the most exciting areas of immunotherapy is CAR (chimeric antigen receptor) T-cell therapy. This treatment involves purifying a special … (read full article)

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Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation: CAR-T Cell Therapy Initiatives

Last year, the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) launched a new, three-year strategic plan to help transform how multiple myeloma is treated and ultimately cured. One of the plan’s three strategic pillars focuses on immunotherapy, including chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy. Real World Health Care spoke with the MMRF’s … (read full article)

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CAR T-Cell Therapy Gave Me Back My Life

Editor’s Note: This week, Real World Health Care shares an inspirational story of a woman who was diagnosed with lymphoma and received treatment with CAR T-cell therapy. “CAR-T Cell Therapy Gave Me My Life Back” is reprinted with permission from the Association of Community Cancer Centers. Updated in April 2020, … (read full article)

Primary category: Movement Disorders

Tardive Dyskinesia: Shedding Light on A Serious Medication Side Effect

An estimated 44 million adults in the United States—close to 20 percent of the population—have a mental illness. While only a fraction of those adults use antipsychotic medicines to treat their illness, about one in ten who take certain forms of antipsychotics eventually develops a movement disorder called Tardive Dyskinesia … (read full article)

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Does CAR-T Cell Therapy Belong in Community Clinics?

CAR T-cell therapy (CAR-T) has emerged as a highly innovative and promising option for patients with cancer. Until recently, the use of CAR-T has been restricted to small clinical trials, primarily with patients with advanced blood cancers. These trials often are conducted at large, academic medical centers in major metropolitan … (read full article)

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Answers, Acceptance and Advocacy: Growing Up with Tourette Syndrome

The symptoms started in pre-school: vocal tics including throat clearing to barking like a dog, anxiety, and difficulties with fine and gross motor skills and mental processing. Young Adam Fishbein quickly became confused and frustrated—for years, school would be “a nightmare”—and his parents became increasingly alarmed. What was happening to … (read full article)

Primary category: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

ALS and Precision Medicine: Learning from Patients Worldwide

The ALS Therapy Development Institute  (ALS TDI)  is a comprehensive drug discovery lab focused solely on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks the nerves responsible for voluntary movement. People with ALS can ultimately become completely paralyzed and the average life expectancy is usually between … (read full article)

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What is ALS?

May is ALS Awareness Month, and Real World Health Care wants to support the ALS patient community by bringing awareness to this disease. The following “primer” provides need-to-know information about Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS Defined ALS is one of a group of conditions … (read full article)