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2nd Man Has Gene Editing; Therapy Has No Safety Flags So Far

2nd Man Has Gene Editing; Therapy Has No Safety Flags So Far

By Marilynn Marchione | Feb 7
A second patient has been treated in a historic gene editing study in California, and no major side effects or safety issues have emerged from the first man's treatment nearly three months ago, doctors revealed Tuesday.

Tiny Implant Opens Way to Deliver Drugs Deep Into the Brain

Tiny Implant Opens Way to Deliver Drugs Deep Into the Brain

By Lauran Neergaard | Jan 26
Scientists have created a hair-thin implant that can drip medications deep into the brain by remote control and with pinpoint precision.

In A Milestone Year, Gene Therapy Finds a Place in Medicine

In A Milestone Year, Gene Therapy Finds a Place in Medicine

By Marilynn Marchione | Dec 30
Gene therapies to treat cancer and even pull off the biblical-sounding feat of helping the blind to see were approved by U.S. regulators, establishing gene manipulation as a new mode of medicine.

Gene Therapy for Rare Form of Blindness Wins U.S. Approval

Gene Therapy for Rare Form of Blindness Wins U.S. Approval

By Matthew Perrone | Dec 21
U.S. health officials on Tuesday approved the nation's first gene therapy for an inherited disease, a treatment that improves the sight of patients with a rare form of blindness.

Blood Test May Help Predict which Breast Cancers Will Recur

Blood Test May Help Predict which Breast Cancers Will Recur

By Marilynn Marchione | Dec 10
A blood test five years after breast cancer treatment helped identify some women who were more likely to relapse, long before a lump or other signs appeared, a preliminary study found.

Veterinarians Seek Permission to Research Pot Meds for Pets

Veterinarians Seek Permission to Research Pot Meds for Pets

By Andrew Selsky | Dec 9
People anxious to relieve suffering in their pets are increasingly turning to oils and powders that contain CBDs, a non-psychoactive component of marijuana. But there's little data on whether they work, or if they have harmful side effects.

Viagra Goes Generic with Little White Pill

Viagra Goes Generic with Little White Pill

Dec 7
The little blue pill that's helped millions of men in the bedroom is turning white. Drugmaker Pfizer is launching its own cheaper generic version of Viagra rather than lose sales when its impotence pill gets its first generic competition.

FDA Approves First-of-a-Kind Test for Cancer Gene Profiling

FDA Approves First-of-a-Kind Test for Cancer Gene Profiling

By Marilynn Marchione | Dec 4
U.S. regulators have approved a first-of-a-kind test that looks for mutations in hundreds of cancer genes at once, giving a more complete picture of what's driving a patient's tumor and aiding efforts to match treatments to those flaws.

Freeze-Dried Plasma Aids Troops on Battlefield

Freeze-Dried Plasma Aids Troops on Battlefield

Dec 3
All of the U.S. military's special operations fighters now being sent to war zones have freeze-dried blood plasma, a powdered product that helps blood to clot. Congress is deciding how to speed up approval for an American-made replacement.

Replacing Lymph Nodes to Ease Painful Swelling

Replacing Lymph Nodes to Ease Painful Swelling

Nov 28
Some doctors are using lymph node replacement to ease lymphedema, a debilitating condition that gets little attention and has no cure. The severe swelling can be a lasting side effect of breast cancer treatment.

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