Somi Igbene, PhD, science writer —

Somi graduated from Imperial College London in 2011 with a PhD in cellular and molecular immunology. She worked as a medical writer at several medical communications agencies in London, including Core Medica. Besides science writing, Somi works as a registered associate nutritionist, helping adults and children improve their diets to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Articles by Somi Igbene

Unhealthy Behaviors, Thoughts Can Cause Depression or Anxiety

Unhealthy changes in cognition, like a focus on worries, can lead to anxiety in people with pulmonary hypertension(PH), while those in behavior, like social avoidance, may cause depression, according to a U.K. study. Greater dyspnea, or shortness of breath, was also a contributing factor when paired with these cognitive or…

Aqualung Awarded $4.8M From NIH to Develop Monoclonal Antibody

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has granted Aqualung Therapeutics two three-year awards totaling $4.8 million to develop ALT-100, a humanized monoclonal antibody, for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). ALT-100 is designed to address and prevent inflammation in severe inflammatory…

Mental Health Disorders Impair Quality of Life for CTEPH Patients

Nearly a third of individuals with chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) live with mental health disorders that impair their overall quality of life, a study in Germany has found. The significant impact of panic disorder, major depression, and other mental disorders on life quality suggests that adequate screening tools…

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