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.
A diagnostic technique called bilateral inferior petrosal sinus sampling (BIPSS), which measures the levels of the adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) produced by the pituitary gland, should only be used to ... Read more
Cushing’s disease patients who are treated with cabergoline while undergoing conventional fractionated radiotherapy have a higher risk of disease recurrence after initial remission, a small study has found. The ... Read more
Targeting the USP8 protein, which is frequently mutated in Cushing’s disease patients, lowered the levels of adrenocorticotropic hormone, inhibited cell proliferation, and caused cell death in a mouse cell ... Read more
People living with HIV who develop Cushing’s syndrome due to drug interactions tend to have more severe symptoms than non-infected people, a study found. The study, “Cushing’s syndrome due ... Read more
A study reports that intravenous infusion with etomidate can stabilize dangerously high cortisol in Cushing’s syndrome patients experiencing episodes of cortisol excess. The study, “Continuous Etomidate Infusion for the Management of ... Read more
A simple test that measures free cortisol levels in saliva at midnight — called a midnight salivary cortisol test — showed good diagnostic performance for Cushing’s syndrome among a ... Read more
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