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Desperate quest for herpes cure launched ‘rogue’ trial

October 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Desperate quest for herpes cure launched ‘rogue’ trial

The lead U.S. researcher, William Halford, openly acknowledged he was flouting Food and Drug Administration regulations in the consent forms they signed. He would be injecting them with a live, though weakened, herpes virus without U.S. safety oversight.

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Hospitals step in to help house the homeless. Will it make a difference?

October 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hospitals step in to help house the homeless. Will it make a difference?

Hospitals around the country are taking steps to help homeless people find housing. Doing so, they say, will limit unnecessary ER visits and reduce wasteful health care spending.

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What is mindfulness? Nobody really knows, and that’s a problem

October 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
What is mindfulness? Nobody really knows, and that’s a problem

Mindfulness receives a bewildering assortment of definitions. Psychologists measure the concept in differing combinations of acceptance, attentiveness, awareness, body focus, curiosity, nonjudgmental attitude, focus on the present, and others. It’s equally ill-defined as a set of practices.

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New gene therapies could cost more than $1m per patient

October 17, 2017 | By | Reply More
New gene therapies could cost more than $1m per patient

Outrage over the high cost of cancer care has focused on skyrocketing drug prices, including the $475,000 price tag for the country’s first gene therapy, Novartis’ Kymriah, a leukemia treatment approved in August. But the total costs of Kymriah and the 21 similar drugs in development — known as CAR T-cell therapies — will be far higher than many have imagined, reaching $1 million or more per patient.

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Seattle pediatrician named WSMA president

October 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seattle pediatrician named WSMA president

Donna Smith, MD was elected president of the Washington State Medical Association at the association’s annual meeting in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 15.

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Tightening the leash on fake service dogs

October 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Tightening the leash on fake service dogs

“Today, any pet owner can go online and buy a vest for a dog to pass it off as a service animal to gain access to restaurants, hotels and places of business… Their animals aren’t trained and end up misbehaving in these public places, which gives real service dogs a bad name.”

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The storm has passed, but Puerto Rico’s health faces prolonged recovery

October 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
The storm has passed, but Puerto Rico’s health faces prolonged recovery

The situation in Puerto Rico’s health system is far more vulnerable than those in Texas or Florida, which also weathered hurricanes this fall — medically, economically and politically. A month after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, only about half of the final official fatalities had been tallied.

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‘Katrina Brain’: The invisible long-term toll of megastorms

October 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Katrina Brain’: The invisible long-term toll of megastorms

Health officials say that, in the aftermath of an extreme weather event like a hurricane, the toll of long-term psychological injuries builds in the months and years that follow, outpacing more immediate injuries and swamping the health care system long after emergency workers go home and shelters shut down.

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Fires prey on frail residents living on their own

October 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fires prey on frail residents living on their own

Wildfires continue to spread through Northern California counties, already taking the lives of at least 31 people. Hundreds more are missing. Local officials and advocates fear that many among them are seniors or disabled people unable to flee, as many residents have, on a moment’s notice.

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Autism risk often associated with new mutations, UW researchers find

October 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Autism risk often associated with new mutations, UW researchers find

The mutations, which occurred in children but not their parents, were found in both protein-coding and regulatory portions of the genome, researchers report.

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