“Nocebo effect” accounts for 76% of all adverse events in the COVID-19 vaccine trial group

The placebo effect is a phenomenon known to improve a person’s physical or mental health after taking a treatment with no pharmacological benefit – a sugar pill, or a syringe filled with saline, for example. While the biological, psychological, and genetic underpinnings of the placebo effect are not well understood, some theories point to expectations … Read more

Single-patient pilot study shows the ability of antisense oligonucleotide to suppress mutant ALS gene

Using a synthetic short chain of chemically modified nucleotides engineered at the Institute of RNA Therapeutics at UMass Chan School of Medicine, Robert H. The ALS gene known as C9ORF72 in a pilot study of a single patient. C9ORF72 is the most common cause of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and familial frontotemporal dementia (FTD). … Read more