ALS: FDA Approves Drug Tofersen for Rare Form of Disease
By Roz Plater on April 26, 2023 — Fact checked by Michael Crescione

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the drug toferson as a treatment for people with a rare genetic form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The regulators are requiring the…

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Breast Cancer Screening: Why Digital 3D Technology May Be Better at Detection
By Roz Plater on March 14, 2023 — Fact checked by Jennifer Chesak, MSJ

There is new evidence that a more advanced screening technology may be better at detecting breast cancer.

A study published today in the journal Radiology reports that digital breast tomosyn…

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How Poverty, Stress, and Trauma Can Change the Brain Structure in Children
By Roz Plater on February 1, 2023 — Fact checked by Jennifer Chesak, MSJ

Black children in the United States are more likely than white children to be exposed to toxic stressors such as poverty and hardship.

That adversity can affect their brain structure as we…

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New Org Aims to Improve Black Mental Health With the Help of Churches
By Roz Plater on September 6, 2022 — Fact checked by Dana K. Cassell

Phillip Tyler lost his 22-year-old son Devon to suicide nearly five years ago.

“I was raised by a Black father from the Deep South, Arkansas, in the Jim Crow era. And he was raised by his fath…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Increased Life Expectancy Gap
By Roz Plater on July 6, 2022 — Fact checked by Jennifer Chesak, MSJ

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States had made some significant strides in narrowing the life expectancy gap between white and Black Americans.

That’s according to a new study publ…

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The Advantages of Less Invasive Mastectomy Surgery
By Roz Plater on May 7, 2019

A less invasive or nipple-sparing mastectomy can be a safer option for more breast cancer patients than previously thought.

That’s according to Mayo Clinic researchers, who presented the findings from their new study last week at th…

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