Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Colorectal Cancer, and Myocardial Infarction

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There are three areas of research studies in the health and medical realm that interest me at a personal level. They are Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Colorectal Cancer, and Myocardial Infarction. All interest me for differing reasons as will be illustrated throughout the context of this discussion.

Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is a set of inherited muscle diseases that cause on going muscle degeneration and weakness, that ends in death. This disease affects children. Research that has just been published on the ninth of this June in Science Translation Medicine, has demonstrated that novel gene transfer system has the promise to furnish an efficient therapeutic treatment for SMA patients. Unfortunately, it has no known cure and requires on going medical care. Professor Azzouz who is in the University of Sheffield’s department of neuroscience, state he is elated at by the result after many years of attempts to attack this raving disease. These findings put science a little closer to favorable gene therapy treatments for SMA patients. This is of interest to me personally because my cousin’s son inherited this disease from my cousin and her husband. Her son was given an estimate of eighteen months to live when he was born, and he will be four years old this fall. He presently is in and out of the hospital at least once, if not more, per month. He has a tracheotomy and is unable to lift his own body due to the effects of SMA on the muscles of his body.

The second area of research and study in the health and medicine field that is of personal interest is research in colorectal cancer. This interests me due to the fact that my mother was diagnosed at age forty seven. She had initially went into an emergency room in California for rectal bleeding. The emergency room doctor referred her to have a colonoscopy, after which she was diagnosed with colon cancer. She completed chemotherapy, and had subsequent CT scans to determine that the cancer was gone. My...
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