March 2017 - Bioscience Americas

March 2017

Today is Diabetes Alert Day!

Today is American Diabetes Association Alert Day. More than 29 million Americans have diabetes; of those, nearly 8 million don’t know they have the disease. Today marks the American Diabetes Association’s 29th annual Alert Day, an opportunity to sound the alarm about the prevalence and risks of type 2 diabetes by asking Americans to take our Type 2 Diabetes Risk Test. The free, anonymous risk test only takes a minute to complete and is available online at diabetes.org/risktest. By answering questions [...]

Stem Cells for Long-Term Remission of Multiple Sclerosis

New clinical trial results provide evidence that high-dose immunosuppressive therapy followed by transplantation of a person's own blood-forming stem cells can induce sustained remission of relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the central nervous system. Five years after receiving the treatment, called high-dose immunosuppressive therapy and autologous hematopoietic cell transplant (HDIT/HCT), 69 percent of trial participants had survived without experiencing progression of disability, relapse of MS symptoms or new brain lesions. Notably, participants [...]