Steve Bryson, PhD, science writer —

Steve holds a PhD in biochemistry from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Canada. As a medical scientist for 18 years, he worked in both academia and industry, where his research focused on the discovery of new vaccines and medicines to treat inflammatory disorders and infectious diseases. Steve is a published author in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals and a patented inventor.

Articles by Steve Bryson

PCT likely trigger of hereditary condition marked by iron overload

A 77-year-old man with porphyria cutanea tarda (PCT), the most common form of porphyria, was diagnosed with adult-onset hereditary hemochromatosis, a condition marked by iron overload that can be associated with PCT. He was successfully treated with antibiotic skin creams and regular therapeutic blood letting (phlebotomy) to remove excess…

More Springtime Light Exposure, Better Sleep With Scenesse: Study

Adults with erythropoietic protoporphyria (EPP) treated with Scenesse (afamelanotide) spent more time exposed to light in springtime, experienced less pain, and slept better, according to a small case-controlled study. These patients, who experience skin hypersensitivity to sunlight, tolerated increased broad-spectrum white light exposure in the spring months, the…

Peritoneal Dialysis May Help Stop AIP Attacks

Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) attacks can be stopped by regular peritoneal dialysis, a treatment that eliminates waste products by rinsing the inner abdomen, as reported in a case study. According to researchers, this study suggests that peritoneal dialysis may be used both as a preventive treatment and during AIP…

Rare Case of Elderly Patient Links Porphyria, Bone Marrow Cancer

The growing incidence of certain types of cancer among the elderly may indicate that an association between acquired erythropoietic uroporphyria (AEU) — a late-onset form of congenital erythropoietic porphyria (CEP) — and bone marrow malignancies may be more common than previously thought. The case of an 80-year-old man who…