Posts Tagged: disease
The hands of a man suffering from sickle cell disease, or SCD.(Image: Sickle Cell Disease Emergency Department, Duke University.)
OPINION: Growing up in Nigeria meant living in the shadow of sickle cell disease (SCD). In 2010, an estimated 90,000 newborns in Nigeria had sickle cell anemia – the highest incidence of SCD worldwide. I vividly remember being about 10 years old and the pain of learning why my neighborhood friend had stopped coming over to play.
Photo illustration of a doctor analyzing stem cells. (Image: CI Photos, via Shutterstock)
California’s stem cell agency, created as a way to develop revolutionary cures based on human embryonic stem cells, has awarded $316 million over the last 12 months, most of it backing a type of therapy that was not even on the agency’s radar when it was created in 2004.
An abstract view of a doctor serching the human brain for Alzheimer's and dementia. (Image: PopTika, via Shutterstock)
OPINION: Gov. Gavin Newsom has the chance to improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of Californians impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia by signing SB 48, a bill on his desk that would provide much needed aid and training to Medi-Cal healthcare providers to improve early detection of cognitive impairment. As the daughter of someone living with Alzheimer’s disease, I know first-hand the impact this legislation will have
An elderly patient is comforted by a young caregiver. (Photo: Ocskay Mark, via Shutterstock)
OPINION: Every year, the Alzheimer’s Association releases a report providing national and state-level statistics on Alzheimer’s prevalence, mortality, cost of care and impact on caregivers. As a son caring for my father who is living with Alzheimer’s, these statistics simply cannot do justice to the huge emotional, physical and financial toll that this disease takes on families and society at large.
Illustration of the coronavirus impact on California. (Image: bekulnis, via Shutterstock)
Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday estimated that more than half of California’s 40 million people will be infected by the coronavirus during the next two months. “We project that roughly 56 percent of our population … will be infected with the virus over an eight-week period,” Newsom wrote in a letter to President Donald Trump.
Cell research in a laboratory. (Photo: SBshot87, via Shutterstock)
President Trump has sharply cut back on federal funding for fetal tissue research in a move denounced as both politically motivated and destructive of the hopes of millions of Americans suffering from life-threatening diseases.
An illustration of a couple considering in-vitro fertilization, or IVF. (Image: Prazis Images, via Shutterstock)
OPINION: For many families, the joys of parenthood are elusive. Infertility affects hundreds of thousands of women in California and millions more across the country.
A dialysis patient during treatment. (Photo: Picsfive, via Shutterstock)
OPINION: I am the CEO of the National Kidney Foundation. I am a believer in this nearly 70-year-old organization that was started at the kitchen table of a mother desperately trying to save her child’s life. I 100 percent buy into our mission to be an advocate for all kidney patients and relentlessly fight for their quality of life, their treatments and their cure.
A pair of dogs in a cage,
awaiting freedom.(Photo: Kitsananan, via Shutterstock)
OPINION: Bringing a new puppy or kitten home should be a wonderful and rewarding experience, but consumers who purchase their new family member from a pet shop may not be getting the dog or cat they’ve been promised. Despite enticing claims that they only source from humane, small-scale breeders, pet stores across the country supply unsuspecting consumers with animals from puppy and kitten “mills.”
A man's body seen from behind with dermatitis on the neck. (Photo: Naeblys, via Shutterstock)
OPINION: For the millions of Californians living with chronic health conditions like heart disease, cancer, diabetes, asthma and arthritis, securing adequate and affordable health care coverage can be a challenging feat.