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We bring together individuals with the KRAS-variant to share their stories, learn from one other, and offer support.

New Research: How Inherited DNA -Based Mutations Impact Immunotherapy

New Research: How Inherited DNA -Based Mutations Impact Immunotherapy

Posted by on 10:12 am in KRAS-variant, Research | 0 comments

Just recently, scientists discovered a new class of RNA that is copied from the DNA but never gets translated into a protein.  Research into these previously neglected sections of the DNA, the “non-coding regions,” have revealed a treasure trove of information, including the discovery of a new inherited class of DNA based mutations, like the KRAS-variant.

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How Hazel Helped Scientists Learn More About Hormone Replacement Therapy

How Hazel Helped Scientists Learn More About Hormone Replacement Therapy

Posted by on 11:12 am in HRT, KRAS-variant, menopause | 0 comments

For women approaching or experiencing menopause, the question of whether or not to utilize hormone replacement therapy is a common one. After her hysterectomy at age 45, Hazel, now 87 years old and a 12-year breast cancer survivor, faced the same decision. In line with her doctors’ advice, she began a 30-year-long treatment of hormone replacement therapy (HRT for short) until the medical community emerged with a decidedly different opinion on the efficacy and safety of the treatment.

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International Women’s Day Profile: Dr. Joanne Weidhaas

International Women’s Day Profile: Dr. Joanne Weidhaas

Posted by on 9:13 am in founder, women | 5 comments

Here at MiraKind, we’re constantly inspired by the amazing women who surround us; whether it is scientists and doctors working on our research, or the strong and empowered women who are facing complex health challenges with dignity and grace.

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Part 2 Q&A: Meet the MiraDx Research Team

Part 2 Q&A: Meet the MiraDx Research Team

Posted by on 8:09 am in Research, team | 0 comments

Amidst the setbacks and complexities of their research, the team works diligently toward the goal of expanding and improving our understanding of how cancer works and how it can be treated. I posed some questions to a few of the researchers in the Weidhaas research group.

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Top 5 Reasons to Give a Charitable Donation for Christmas

Top 5 Reasons to Give a Charitable Donation for Christmas

Posted by on 2:25 pm in Charitable Giving, Uncategorized | 0 comments

This time of year, the malls and online stores are filled with shoppers, eager to purchase the perfect gift for friends and loved ones near and far. We may be biased, but one of our favorite things to do at Christmas is to give a charitable donation in lieu of presents.

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Words of Wisdom From 16-Year Breast Cancer Survivor, Cathy Ledvina

Words of Wisdom From 16-Year Breast Cancer Survivor, Cathy Ledvina

Posted by on 9:40 am in Stories | 0 comments

The holiday season is a time of remembrance. We relive our favorite memories around the dinner table, exchange gifts with those who helped make them, and mourn those no longer with us. This December, Cathy Ledvina has an extraordinary milestone to commemorate: her sixteenth year as a breast cancer survivor.

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Part 1 Q&A: Meet the UCLA Research Team

Part 1 Q&A: Meet the UCLA Research Team

Posted by on 1:26 pm in Research, team | 0 comments

Amidst the setbacks and complexities of their research, the team works diligently toward the goal of expanding and improving our understanding of how cancer works and how it can be treated. I posed some questions to a few of the researchers in the Weidhaas research group.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by on 12:22 pm in Breast Cancer | 0 comments

Many of you may know that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.  With those startling statistics, it’s almost a guarantee this disease will touch all of us in some way.  Perhaps you have been diagnosed with breast cancer yourself, years ago or within the last few months. Or perhaps you are one of the 7 in 8 who will avoid it, but your mother, best friend, colleague, aunt, or spouse will not.

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Menopause & Myths about Hormone Replacement Therapy

Menopause & Myths about Hormone Replacement Therapy

Posted by on 12:27 pm in HRT, menopause | 0 comments

For the large majority of us who suffer one or more symptoms of menopause, we can all agree that it is NO FUN. So what can we do about it? According to the North American Menopause Society (NAMS), a leading group of health care providers who specialize in health issues for women at perimenopause and beyond, hormone replacement therapy (also known as estrogen replacement therapy or hormone therapy) remains the most effective treatment for the symptoms of menopause. But wait! Isn’t hormone replacement therapy bad for you?

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Why “Self Care” is not “Selfish”

Why “Self Care” is not “Selfish”

Posted by on 2:22 pm in Stories | 0 comments

Cancer survivors and their loved ones are no strangers to the adverse effects chemotherapy can have on one’s body, mind, and spirit. Despite these setbacks, Mirakind community member and blogger, Heather Trojan, refuses to let her cancer treatment lead her to a toxic life. Diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2011, Heather believes that “self care” is not “selfish,” but rather noticed the correlation between a particularly stressful time in her life and when her doctor believes the cancer first erupted.

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What You Need to Know About Estrogen and the KRAS-variant

What You Need to Know About Estrogen and the KRAS-variant

Posted by on 4:24 pm in estrogen, founder, KRAS-variant, menopause, Research | 0 comments

Joanne Weidhaas is MiraKind’s founder and one of the scientists responsible for discovering the KRAS-variant, an inherited genetic mutation which predicts an increased risk of cancer. Following this breakthrough, Weidhaas and her team of researchers began exploring the connection between estrogen and breast cancer risk, particularly as it pertains to individuals who test positive for the KRAS-variant.

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Let’s Talk Menopause (Finally)

Let’s Talk Menopause (Finally)

Posted by on 12:19 pm in menopause | 0 comments

We all know something about menopause, but just like pregnancy or bungee jumping, you can’t really understand what it’s like to go through menopause until you have truly experienced it. Despite the fact that menopause is a naturally occurring life stage, it seems to be one of the most taboo topics out there. The perception is that it’s unpleasant (and let’s be honest, it can be very unpleasant) and, therefore, it’s not socially acceptable to discuss.

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