December synopsis: The latest in Praxis and clinical research news.

In this month’s synopsis, read up on two patients’ perspectives, historic clinical trials, possible breakthroughs in melanoma research, and more.

The latest from Praxis.

Famous clinical trials through the ages. Read about two clinical trials that each had a big impact on human health.

A patient’s perspective on STDs. Jenelle Marie Pierce, founder of The STD Project, shares her thoughts in honor of World AIDS Day.

A patient’s perspective on Crohn’s disease. Blogger, advocate, and Crohn’s patient Verne Laine told his story in honor of IBD Awareness Week.

Elsewhere in the news.

Cutting off melanoma’s escape routes. Scientists from the University of Queensland have discovered stem cells that form blood vessels in tumors and identified how to “switch the cells off,” which could stop the tumors from growing.

New bacteria-based cancer drug delivery system outperforms conventional methods. Read what researchers have to say about its potential to radically expand cancer treatment options.

Novel therapy for disfiguring sarcoidosis. Learn about these Yale researchers, who successfully treated a patient with disfiguring sarcoidosis with a drug approved for rheumatoid arthritis.

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