Six patients with rare blood disease are doing well after gene therapy clinical trial

Sarah C.P. Williams  UCLA researchers are part of an international team that reported the use of a stem cell gene therapy to treat nine people with the rare, inherited blood disease known as X-linked chronic granulomatous disease, or X-CGD. Six of those patients are now in remission and have stopped other treatments. Before now, people… Read More »

Beyond heart health: Could your statin help prevent liver cancer?

Liver cancer is hard to treat. It’s a top-five cause of cancer-related death worldwide and a growing cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States. Since liver cancer is often found at a late stage, when treatment has limited benefit, there has been increasing interest in prevention. That’s where statin medications might come in. Liver… Read More »

Putting entire Canadian city under quarantine to contain virus inconceivable, unenforceable: expert

Placing an entire city under quarantine to prevent the spread of a virus is inconceivable, unenforceable and ineffective — and in Canada would be against the law, experts say. Steven Hoffman, a professor of global health, law and political science at York University, said he was shocked when he heard China had shut down Wuhan,… Read More »

California in violaton for requiring insurers to offer abortion coverage

The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has issued a Notice of Violation to the state of California for requiring all insurance plans to cover elective abortions. Under a threat of federal funding cuts, HHS sent California formal notification that it cannot impose universal abortion coverage mandates. OCR’s investigation arose from… Read More »