• Sonya Collins

  • Experimental Gene Test Shows Promise for Early Detection of Gynecologic Cancers

    April 4, 2018

    Cervical cancer was once the number-one killer of women in the U.S. That all changed when the Pap test went into widespread use in the… Continue Reading »

  • #WeAreNotWaiting

    April 3, 2018

    “It was a waking nightmare,” says John Costik of the days and weeks after his son, Evan, then 4 years old, was diagnosed with type... Continue Reading »

  • Hemophilia Drug With Big Price Tag May Be Economical In the Long Run

    February 27, 2018

    When new drugs receive the Food and Drug Administration’s green light to hit the market, excitement about the medical advancement is often tempered by sticker… Continue Reading »

  • 23andMe Launches Massive Study to See If Weight Loss is In Your Genes

    January 26, 2018

    This month, DNA testing company 23andMe launched a first-of-its-kind genome-wide association study (GWAS) that seeks to identify genetic, lifestyle, and other factors that could influence… Continue Reading »

  • New Routine

    January 2, 2018

    At a routine eye appointment at a Geisinger ophthalmology clinic in Coal Township, Pennsylvania, Patrice Molesevich was invited to participate in a study. By contributing… Continue Reading »

  • Insuring Costly Orphan Drugs

    December 6, 2017

    Last month, health insurer Anthem, owner of Blue Cross and Blue Shield, announced that, under certain circumstances, it would cover the Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug… Continue Reading »

  • China Joins the Personal Genome Project

    November 13, 2017

    The Personal Genome Project (PGP) has expanded its global network to China. PGP China teams up with PGPs in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and… Continue Reading »

  • Meet the Communications Specialist Fighting to Change Prescription Drug Pricing

    November 2, 2017

    As a 40-year veteran communications specialist in health policy, David Mitchell of Potomac, Maryland, knew all the health campaigns by heart. “Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids,… Continue Reading »

  • Modern Family Planning

    October 29, 2017

    Kerri Breslin had just turned 30; she and her husband, David, were ready to start their family. Both in great health, the Los Angeles-based couple... Continue Reading »

  • Cancer Survivor Urges Patients To Be Proactive

    October 24, 2017

    At 56 years old, Dave deBronkart found himself “facing the grave,” he says. Blindsided by a diagnosis of stage 4 kidney cancer in 2007, he… Continue Reading »

  • Defying the Data

    July 5, 2017

    In the winter of 2005, Terri Ellsworth arrived at her son Billy’s preschool in a Pittsburgh suburb for her first parent-teacher conference. She was eager... Continue Reading »

  • Road to Recovery

    July 5, 2017

    In 1998, Rose Palinkas was finally clean. Using heroin recreationally as a twentysomething in the 1980s had spiraled into a lifelong addiction. It cost her… Continue Reading »

  • Discovery Mission

    March 30, 2017

    Like most two-and-a-half-year-olds, Savannah Salazar could count to three. She knew a handful of colors and was becoming conversant with the subjects of dogs, cats,… Continue Reading »

  • Blood Ties

    January 9, 2017

    It began three months before her wedding day in 2012, when Rebekah Bradford Plath had just started hormonal birth control. “I immediately had swelling in… Continue Reading »

  • Dial M for Medicine

    September 29, 2016

    During her freshman year at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Isabella San Miguel woke to pounding on her dorm-room door. She bolted upright in her… Continue Reading »

  • Determining a Drug Response

    June 15, 2016

    The pain was too intense to ignore. Sixteen years later, Tony Cirrincione still remembers it. He was on a weekend ski trip, and he staggered… Continue Reading »

  • Benefits of Activity Trackers

    April 5, 2016

    In the 2013 film Her, Theodore(Joaquin Phoenix) falls head over heels in love with his computer operating system. After meeting “her,” he never wants to… Continue Reading »

  • Growing a Family Tree

    January 11, 2016

    Sonny Varela comes from a Hispanic neighborhood in East Bakersfield, California. The only son of a single mother of mixed Native American and Hispanic heritage,… Continue Reading »

  • When Cancer Runs in the Family

    June 29, 2015

    A fter Lucy Benton completed her breast cancer treatment 16 years ago, she thought she was done with cancer. Then last year, the 68-year-old Texas… Continue Reading »

  • More Than Skin Deep

    March 30, 2015

    For centuries, authors, researchers, and politicians have tried to use science to classify the “races.” Their attempts have resulted in divisive books, theories such as… Continue Reading »