Target Health Blog

February

Cell Signaling

February 26, 2018

,Quiz

Hair Analysis May Help Diagnose Cushing Syndrome

February 13, 2017

,Endocrinology

Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands and helps to maintain blood pressure and heart function and to regulate blood sugar levels and the immune system.

Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler MD, First African American Female Physician

February 13, 2017

,History of Medicine

Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler, nee Davis, (February 8, 1831 – March 9, 1895) was the first African-American woman to become a physician in the United States. She married Arthur Crumpler who had served with the Union Army during the American Civil War.

Aspirin May Help Prevent Pregnancy Loss in Women with High Inflammation

February 13, 2017

,Neonatology

Inflammation has been linked to causes of infertility. As a result, a study published online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (3 February 2017), was performed to investigate the effect of preconception-initiated low dose aspirin (LDA) on pregnancy rates, pregnancy loss, live birth rates, and inflammation during pregnancy.

FDA Approves Drug to Treat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

February 13, 2017

,Regulatory

Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is the most common type of muscular dystrophy. DMD is caused by an absence of dystrophin, a protein that helps keep muscle cells intact.

Evening View From the Water Club - NYC

February 13, 2017

,What's New

This week it snowed all morning in NYC followed by a beautiful clear evening. Before sunset, we were joined by our good friend and colleague, Silvana Cappi, VP Biometrics, at Ferring Pharmaceuticals who took this spectacular photo of the East River looking North. Can you see the snow and what looks like a palm tree? Also, if you look carefully, you can see the UN building in the background.

Stem Cell Transplants May Induce Long-Term Remission of Multiple Sclerosis

February 6, 2017

,Neurology

Multiple sclerosis (MS), is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system. MS symptoms vary widely and may include motor and speech difficulties, weakness, fatigue and chronic pain. The most common form of MS is relapsing-remitting MS, which is characterized by periods of mild or no symptoms interspersed with symptom flare-ups or relapses. Over years, the disease can worsen and shift to a progressive form.

Cholangiocarcinoma

February 6, 2017

,Quiz

Cholangiocarcinoma or bile duct cancer is a form of cancer that is composed of mutated epithelial cells (or cells showing characteristics of epithelial differentiation) that originate in the 1) ___ ducts which drain bile from the liver into the small intestine.

Couples with Obesity May Take Longer to Achieve Pregnancy

February 6, 2017

,Fertility

According to an article published online in Human Reproduction (3 February 2017), couples in which both partners are obese may take from 55 to 59% longer to achieve pregnancy, compared to their normal weight counterparts. According to the authors, a lot of studies on fertility and body composition have focused on the female partner, but these new findings underscore the importance of including both partners.

William Bradley Coley MD – Pioneer of Immunotherapy

February 6, 2017

,History of Medicine

William Bradley Coley (1862 – 1936) was an American bone surgeon and cancer researcher and the pioneer of cancer immunotherapy. He developed a treatment based on provoking an immune response to bacteria. In 1968 a protein related to his work was identified and called tumor necrosis factor-alpha.

Newborn Screening System for 4 Rare Metabolic Disorders

February 6, 2017

,Regulatory

Target Health is very pleased that it worked closely with Protalix Biotherapeutics for the approval of Taliglucerase alpha for the treatment of Gauche disease, we and continue to work with Protalix in Fabry disease.

Morning View From the 24th Floor at 261 Madison

February 6, 2017

,What's New

Target Health has been on the 23rd and 24 Floors at 261 Madison since 2001. There are a lot of breath-taking views at sunset which we have shared for many years, but this morning view of shadows, the spectacular sky and eclectic architecture, has left us breathless.