Marisa Wexler, MS, senior science writer —

Marisa holds a Master of Science in cellular and molecular pathology from the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied novel genetic drivers of ovarian cancer. Her areas of expertise include cancer biology, immunology, and genetics, and she has worked as a science writing and communications intern for the Genetics Society of America.

Articles by Marisa Wexler

Changes in brain circuitry may underlie anxiety, cognitive issues

People with Cushing’s disease have differences in brain activity that significantly associate with the severity of cognitive and mental health symptoms, implying such changes in brain activity may give rise to these symptoms. That’s according to the recent study “Dynamic functional connectivity changes associated with psychiatric traits and…

Cushing’s syndrome resolves after kidney tumor removed: Case study

A woman who developed Cushing’s syndrome as a complication of kidney cancer saw her symptoms fully resolve after the tumor was surgically removed. This is the first published account that definitively describes Cushing’s syndrome developing as a paraneoplastic (cancer-related) complication of this type of cancer and resolving after its removal,…

Imaging abnormality can make diagnosing Cushing’s disease harder

An imaging abnormality that makes it harder for clinicians to visualize the brain’s pituitary gland can complicate efforts to diagnose and manage Cushing’s disease, a recent report highlights. The abnormality affects the bony compartment that houses the pituitary gland, making “visual diagnosis of pituitary adenoma [benign tumors] even more…