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  1. #1
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    Sep 2003
    Northern California

    1st Scoliosis Gene Identified

    MultiVu Video Feed: Medical Breakthrough at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Yields First Clue to Understanding Most Common Spinal Deformity in Children

    NEW YORK, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Researchers have identified the
    first gene associated with idiopathic scoliosis (I.S.), a common condition
    affecting tens of thousands of adolescents in the U.S. each year. Teens
    with scoliosis often have to wear uncomfortable and embarrassing braces or
    even undergo major surgery. This genetic discovery lays the groundwork for
    future research that will better treat and prevent this condition. With no
    known cause or cure, idiopathic scoliosis poses a significant health burden
    to the pediatric population. The condition affects approximately two to
    three percent of school age children in the U.S. and costs an estimated
    several billion dollars in surgical treatment each year.
    This discovery is a result of a 10-year study conducted at the Sarah M.
    and Charles E. Seay/Martha and Pat Beard Center for Excellence in Spine
    Research at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, led by Carol Wise,
    Ph.D. With the goal of identifying genes causing idiopathic scoliosis, the
    research team conducted genome-wide scans of 53 large families, totaling
    130 individuals with a confirmed I.S. diagnosis, and compared those results
    to an independent set of I.S. patients and their families. As a result, the
    team identified the first gene associated with I.S., allowing the medical
    community to begin to form hypotheses for what causes the condition and
    examine ways to prevent I.S.

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    NEWS: Researchers Discover First Gene Associated with Idiopathic Scoliosis

    FORMAT: Soundbites and B-roll.
    SOUNDBITES: Carol Wise, Ph.D, Director of Molecular Genetics at Texas
    Scottish Rite Hospital for Children -- lead project researcher
    B-ROLL INCLUDES: ***Lab work: working with a database of samples,
    handling/testing samples ***Hospital: kids/patients***doctors in group
    discussions***Xrays***logo/hospital sign
    VIDEO PROVIDED BY: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Thanks Linda.

    Interesting post!


  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Chicago north suburb
    Quote Originally Posted by LindaRacine
    idiopathic scoliosis poses a significant health burden
    to the pediatric population.
    What about the significant health burden to the adult population? For many of us thatís when this disease really rears its ugly head. Then surgery becomes far more costly, not to mention all the associated expenses of long recuperative care, employer short and long-term disability payments and social security disability income for those who can no longer work.

    This is great news for future generations who hopefully will be spared from the mental and physical pain of this hideous disease.

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