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Gene Therapy Advances To Better Treat ‘Bubble Boy’ Disease

Sometimes rare diseases can let scientists pioneer bold new ideas. That has been the case with a condition that strikes fewer than 100 babies a year in the United States. These infants are born without a functioning immune system. The disease is called severe combined immunodeficiency, or SCID. “It was made famous in the mid... Read More »

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Sometimes rare diseases can let scientists pioneer bold new ideas. That has been the case with a condition that strikes fewer than 100 babies a year in the United States. These infants are born without a functioning immune system. The disease is called severe combined immunodeficiency, or SCID. “It was made famous in the mid… Read More »

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First U.S. Patients Treated With CRISPR As Human Gene-Editing Trials Get Underway

The powerful gene-editing technique called CRISPR has been in the news a lot. And not all the news has been good: A Chinese scientist stunned the world last year when he announced he had used CRISPR to create genetically modified babies. But scientists have long hoped CRISPR — a technology that allows scientists to make... Read More »

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The powerful gene-editing technique called CRISPR has been in the news a lot. And not all the news has been good: A Chinese scientist stunned the world last year when he announced he had used CRISPR to create genetically modified babies. But scientists have long hoped CRISPR — a technology that allows scientists to make… Read More »

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Diabetes drug has heart and kidney benefits, researchers find

A common diabetes drug has been found to lower the risk of kidney failure in a new study. The finding has raised some eyebrows since diabetes is a major cause of kidney failure worldwide. The risk of kidney failure and cardiovascular-related problems was lowered in patients with type 2 diabetes and kidney disease who took... Read More »

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A common diabetes drug has been found to lower the risk of kidney failure in a new study. The finding has raised some eyebrows since diabetes is a major cause of kidney failure worldwide. The risk of kidney failure and cardiovascular-related problems was lowered in patients with type 2 diabetes and kidney disease who took… Read More »

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GAO: Emergency air transport firms hiked prices 60% while adding bases

Air ambulance companies have continued to add air bases, particularly in the Southern and Western United States, even as they hiked their average charges by more than 60%. The findings by the Government Accountability Office show how costs for patients and insurers have continued to jump despite state efforts to control balance billing for emergency... Read More »

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Air ambulance companies have continued to add air bases, particularly in the Southern and Western United States, even as they hiked their average charges by more than 60%. The findings by the Government Accountability Office show how costs for patients and insurers have continued to jump despite state efforts to control balance billing for emergency… Read More »

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Newer heart valves may let more people avoid surgery

Surgery for certain bad heart valves may soon become a thing of the past. New studies suggest it’s OK and often better to have a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead. The results are expected to quickly transform treatment of a problem that affects millions of people — a stiff or... Read More »

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Surgery for certain bad heart valves may soon become a thing of the past. New studies suggest it’s OK and often better to have a new valve placed through a tube into an artery instead. The results are expected to quickly transform treatment of a problem that affects millions of people — a stiff or… Read More »

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The largest healthcare company in the US is sounding the alarm on a new kind of emergency room that charges 20 times more than a regular doctor visit

Emergency rooms that aren’t attached to hospitals have been popping up around the US, especially in the suburbs of cities like Houston and Austin. The centers can offer a more convenient alternative to long wait times in a hospital’s emergency department, or waiting for a visit with your regular doctor. The centers can also be... Read More »

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Emergency rooms that aren’t attached to hospitals have been popping up around the US, especially in the suburbs of cities like Houston and Austin. The centers can offer a more convenient alternative to long wait times in a hospital’s emergency department, or waiting for a visit with your regular doctor. The centers can also be… Read More »

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For millennials, cancers fueled by obesity are on rise, study says

Cancers fueled by obesity are on the rise among young adults in the United States and appearing at increasingly younger ages, according to an analysis released Monday by the American Cancer Society. The study, published in The Lancet Public Health, examined data on 12 obesity-related cancers between 1995 and 2014, as well as 18 common... Read More »

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Cancers fueled by obesity are on the rise among young adults in the United States and appearing at increasingly younger ages, according to an analysis released Monday by the American Cancer Society. The study, published in The Lancet Public Health, examined data on 12 obesity-related cancers between 1995 and 2014, as well as 18 common… Read More »

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PLANNED ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY COSTS INCREASE 44% IN 8 YEARS

Knee replacements are up by 17% and hip replacements are up 33% from 2010-2017, finds a review of medical claims data by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Despite potential cost savings, only 11% of knee procedures and 8% of hip procedures were performed on an outpatient basis in 2017. The wide price variation between... Read More »

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Knee replacements are up by 17% and hip replacements are up 33% from 2010-2017, finds a review of medical claims data by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Despite potential cost savings, only 11% of knee procedures and 8% of hip procedures were performed on an outpatient basis in 2017. The wide price variation between… Read More »

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“Christmas Berry” Plant Compound Could Fight Uveal Melanoma

A molecule derived from a type of primrose could prove to be a potent inhibitor of metastatic growth for a rare and aggressive cancer. Christmas berry plant (Ardisia crenata) PHILADELPHIA — Doctors diagnose about 2,000 adults with uveal melanoma, a cancer of the eye, every year. In half of cases, the disease metastasizes to the... Read More »

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A molecule derived from a type of primrose could prove to be a potent inhibitor of metastatic growth for a rare and aggressive cancer. Christmas berry plant (Ardisia crenata) PHILADELPHIA — Doctors diagnose about 2,000 adults with uveal melanoma, a cancer of the eye, every year. In half of cases, the disease metastasizes to the… Read More »

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One Implant, Two Prices. It Depends On Who’s Paying.

Breast implants — used for both cancer and cosmetic surgeries — give a glimpse into how hospitals mark up prices of medical devices to increase their bottom lines. Kim Daniels didn’t have to pay a penny for her double mastectomy or the reconstructive surgery she had after treatment for breast cancer in June 2018. Her... Read More »

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Breast implants — used for both cancer and cosmetic surgeries — give a glimpse into how hospitals mark up prices of medical devices to increase their bottom lines. Kim Daniels didn’t have to pay a penny for her double mastectomy or the reconstructive surgery she had after treatment for breast cancer in June 2018. Her… Read More »

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