Medical Breakthrough: First gene-editing in human

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Brian Madeux, 44, from Arizona, USA has been dealing with Hunter syndrome his entire life. He never expected to live past his early 20s and although he has surpassed his life expectancy, he experiences pain every second of the day.

A team of pioneering doctors in California proposed that Brian partake in an experimental trial that could change medical history forever. Brian was recently infused with the first gene-editing therapy directly in his bloodstream at Oakland's UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. The Mayo Clinic classifies Hunter syndrome as “a very rare, inherited genetic disorder caused by a missing or malfunctioning enzyme. Because the body doesn't have enough of the enzyme to break down certain complex molecules, the molecules build up in harmful amounts. In Hunter syndrome, the buildup of massive amounts of these harmful substances eventually causes permanent, progressive damage affecting appearance, Read more

2018: The year your New Year resolutions actually stick!

Make your New Year resolutions a success

2017 has been a big one for many of us and like every year, we have the opportunity to say goodbye to an era and welcome the exciting things to come in 2018.

New Year’s Eve is a night to celebrate, drink too many bubbles, revel in the successes from the past 12 months, and cheers to saying so-long to those heavier, drearier 2017 memories and events. Along with the symbolic nature of “in with the new and out with the old” the 31st of December has, it is also a time to set new goals for the future. From Best Doctors we want to wish you an incredible New Year and help make your goals happen! A recent study conducted by the University of Scranton found that the associating a new goal to a Read more

The HI Profile: Dominic Howard, Best Doctors

Dominic Howard, Best Doctors Europe

Second medical opinions – helping individuals and businesses alike

The number of providers offering second medical opinion services in the UK is on the rise. Emily Perryman (from Health Insurance Daily, UK) spoke to Dominic Howard (pictured), director Europe at Best Doctors, about how the company aims to stay ahead of the competition.

Getting a second medical opinion in the UK has - until now - not been the norm, but a change in people’s mindsets and the advent of online self-diagnosis means it is a rapidly growing phenomenon. In the past couple of years several new companies have launched propositions, and the NHS even has a dedicated section on its website explaining how to get a second opinion. But the brand most associated with second medical opinions continues to be Best Doctors. Dominic Howard, the company’s director for Europe, says it has managed to fight off competition because it has been around for longer Read more