Myeloma Minute: CRISPR on Steroids

Could the Latest Version of Gene Editing Improve Our Health AND Save the Planet?

Two new reports of enhanced gene-editing techniques hint at the thrilling toolbox scientists may have at their disposals in the near future. “The implications are so far-reaching that not only can prevention of disease become possible, but the food chain can be made healthier without the use of dangerous toxic chemicals,” says IMF Chairman Brian G.M. Durie. Read Dr. Durie’s blog.


Tickets Selling Fast: Star-Studded 11th Annual IMF Comedy Celebration

Catch the star-studded lineup for the IMF 11th Annual Comedy Celebration on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Actor and comedian Ray Romano hosts an evening of eight headliners under one roof. This year, we welcome gifted comic actor Fred Willard, who is best known for his roles in such films as “Waiting for Guffman,” “This Is Spinal Tap,” and his current role as Phil Dunphy’s father on ABC’s “Modern Family.” Also in the lineup this year is one of today's top working comedians, Iliza Shlesinger, who debuted her own late-night talk show called “Truth & Iliza” on Freeform this year. Finally, we also welcome Marc Maron, who currently stars in Netflix’s “GLOW” and has appeared on David Letterman, Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers, and on Conan O’Brien. Learn more about all of this year’s performers.

Watch the 11th Annual IMF Comedy Celebrations Pre-Show Buzz Via Facebook Live

Watch the International Myeloma Foundation’s live stream of the 11th annual Comedy Celebration red carpet arrivals and silent auction, exclusively from 6–8 p.m. PT at Alie Ward (CBS’ Innovation Nation Correspondent and Ologies Podcast Host) and Daphne Lee (Miss Black USA) will host the live stream. However, to enjoy the Comedy Celebration live performances, you must attend the actual show in person. Tickets are going quickly. Get yours now –

Register Now for This ‘Living Well With Myeloma’ Webinar

Join the IMF’s Nurse Leadership Board members, Beth Faiman and Charise Gleason, for this “Living Well With Myeloma” webinar on “How to Talk With Your Healthcare Team About What’s Best for You.” This webinar will introduce patients to shared decision-making. It includes case studies that show how patients and healthcare providers can communicate more successfully.

Co-Pay Assistance Programs Update

Currently, all co-pay foundations are unable to assist new patients. If you have an existing grant, please check its status with that co-pay foundation, as listed HERE.

Are routine skeletal X-rays still recommended?

In this week’s video, Dr. Brian GM Durie explains why a baseline skeletal survey may be helpful, but more sensitive imaging is more precise.

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