Marisa 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.
Depression is more common among people with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) than in the general population, with about a third of patients experiencing depressive symptoms, a meta-analysis reveals. The study, ... Read more
People who are diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) are more likely to have had tonsillitis than those without this disease, a study found, suggesting that tonsillitis might predispose a ... Read more
Self-harm is more common in people diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis compared with the general population, a study reveals, suggesting the need for better mental health monitoring and support for ... Read more
In Italy, Cosentyx (secukinumab) is a cost-saving treatment for ankylosing spondylitis, as well as for psoriatic arthritis and moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, according to a new study. The ... Read more
High levels of the protein chitotriosidase in the blood are associated with more disease activity in ankylosing spondylitis patients. This protein might be a useful prognostic marker. The study, “Serum chitotriosidase ... Read more
Gender-based differences in fecal metabolites in ankylosing spondylitis patients may provide clues about differences regarding male versus female disease progression. The study with that finding, “GC-MS-based fecal metabolomics reveals gender-attributed ... Read more
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