August 2016 - Bioscience Americas

August 2016

Alzheimer’s and Stem Cell

Some Alzheimer’s disease researchers are using stem cells in a novel way—as a model of the disease outside the human body, enabling more efficient testing of experimental drugs in the lab rather than in clinical trials with people. Finding a drug to slow the onset of Alzheimer’s, the major cause of dementia in older people, has been frustratingly elusive. That is partly because animal testing, where most research begins, doesn’t often produce results that predict very well what will happen [...]

The Laura Dominguez Story

If there was ever a woman on a mission, it’s Laura Dominguez. Doctors once told her she’d never walk again. And while she’s not ready to run a marathon, she’s already proving them wrong, with the best yet to come. An oil spill on a San Antonio freeway is blamed for the car crash that sent Laura and her brother directly into a retaining wall one summer afternoon in 2001. Laura was just 16 years old at [...]