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Novel Immunotherapy Leaves Girl Cancer Free; Poten...

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A six-year-old Pennsylvania girl dying of leukemia underwent an experimental gene therapy treatment in which a disabled HIV virus was used to reprogram her immune system to attack cancer cells. The treatment conducted in April nearly killed young Emma Whitehead, But she eventually emerged cancer free and seven months later, the cancer is still in remission, according to a report in The New York Times. Emma Whitehead, who had acute lymphoblastic leukemia, underwent the experimental procedure because the cancer had returned twice after underoing chemotherapy. Emma’s parents Kari and Tom Whitehead were desperately searching for treatments that might s
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A recent study in the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health suggests that automobile mechanics and car service technicians may be at risk of developing mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos-containing brake dust. Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive type of

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Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have received a grant from the National Institutes of Health to document how people were affected by asbestos exposure who lived near an asbestos factory in Ambler, Pennsylvania. Exposure to asbestos dust is linked

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Patients with mesothelioma and other chronic diseases and conditions may have improved care, as part of  a proposed change of Medicare policy. Under a proposed legal settlement of a landmark class-action lawsuit, Medicare would start covering the costs of certain

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The Canadian government  privately acknowledged that the dangers of asbestos warranted limits on export, but  publicly blocked international efforts to add greater restrictions on the use of asbestos, according to press reports. Exposure to asbestos causes serious respiratory diseases including

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