“Vital prevention efforts such as tobacco control, dietary interventions, and broader health promotion campaigns need to be scaled up in response to this rise in lifestyle-related cancers.”
The rise in lifestyle cancers has been offset in part by a drop in cervical and stomach cancers, which are caused by infectious diseases like the human papillomavirus..
Pauls Valley senior Shania Beck ended her career at USAO with a bang Thursday in the finals of the NAIA Softball World Series.
That means identifying patients as soon as possible—ideally at birth. Finding them early could mean the difference between life and death. But as AveXis and other biotech companies race to bring transformative gene therapies to market, states have been slow to adopt screening tests for genetic diseases that are, increasingly, treatable.
Newborn screening tests in the US cover a minimum of 34 disorders, and many states have opted to add more. Yet most don’t look for spinal muscular atrophy (commonly abbreviated as SMA), even though it’s the leading genetic cause of infant death. About 400 babies in the US are born with it every year. AveXis’s therapy is for the most common form, type 1.
For parents of children with SMA, like Krystal Davis, newborn screening means giving those with the condition as close to a normal life as possible..