Tuesday, January 2, 2018

CRISPR and stem cells could speed studies of rare diseases

CRISPR and Stem Cells Could Speed Studies of Rare Diseases (from NOVA Next)

"Alicia Burns is afraid to close her eyes, and more afraid for her children to sleep. Sometimes she’s scared to move, or breathe. The fear comes, she said, when “I have a big meal with family and start feeling ill and light-headed. I’m gardening and the sun is beating down on me and I feel faint.”
“Cardiac arrest can happen at any moment.”
Burns, 38, is a mother of six and describes herself as a happily married housewife. But the internet knows her as “Brugada Girl.”
Though she was hospitalized once in her 20s for heart attack-like symptoms, it wasn’t until her young, healthy father died in his sleep that Burns followed up. After a parade of electrocardiograms (EKG) and appointments where her faintness was dismissed by doctors, Burns was diagnosed with Brugada Syndrome, and began writing a blog."

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