Marisa, a science writer, holds an MS in Cellular and Molecular Pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. She specializes in cancer biology, immunology, and genetics. Marisa began working with BioNews in 2018, and has written about science and health for SelfHacked and the Genetics Society of America. She also writes/composes musicals and coaches the University of Pittsburgh fencing club.
A majority of rare disease patients using telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic thought the experience positive, and many would like the option of continuing its use in future appointments, a ... Read more
A Phase 2 clinical trial of oral lenabasum in people with cystic fibrosis (CF) failed to meet its primary goal of reducing pulmonary exacerbations, the investigational therapy’s developer, Corbus Pharmaceuticals, announced. “We are very ... Read more
Oral antibiotics are just as effective as intravenous (into-the-vein) antibiotics at killing Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria in people with cystic fibrosis (CF), a new study shows. This finding may allow ... Read more
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Vertex Pharmaceuticals‘ Kalydeco (ivacaftor) as a treatment for infants as young as four months with cystic fibrosis (CF) caused by ... Read more
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) has recommended extending the licenses for Symkevi and Kalydeco, two cystic fibrosis (CF) treatments marketed by ... Read more
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has validated an application that seeks to expand the approval of Kaftrio (ivacaftor/tezacaftor/elexacaftor) in combination with Kalydeco (ivacaftor) to treat cystic fibrosis (CF) in individuals ... Read more
A new strategy for detecting very small concentrations of specific molecules could allow for better diagnosis and management of a variety of diseases, including cystic fibrosis (CF). The method ... Read more