FRIDAY, Jan. 26, 2024 (HealthDay News) — Too many American tourists looking for cheap cosmetic surgeries alongside their beach time are winding up dead in the Dominican Republic, a new report finds.  Between 2009 and 2022, 93 people — almost all young or middle-aged women — have died after undergoingContinue Reading

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 17, 2024 (HealthDay News) — Casgevy, a groundbreaking treatment that was approved to treat sickle cell disease in December, was given the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s blessing on Tuesday to treat another inherited blood disorder. Casgevy is the first CRISPR-based medicine, where gene editing is used toContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Jan. 12, 2024 (HealthDay News) — Sickle cell disease is one of many chronic health conditions that dramatically increases the risk of hospitalization and death in people infected by COVID-19. Unfortunately, folks with sickle cell disease are much less likely to have received the best protection available to themContinue Reading

FRIDAY, Dec. 8, 2023 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved two milestone gene therapies for sickle cell disease, including the first treatment ever approved that uses gene-editing technology. Casgevy, developed by Vertex Pharmaceuticals of Boston and CRISPR Therapeutics of Switzerland, is the first medicineContinue Reading

MONDAY, Nov. 20, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Lab-grown blood vessels are providing new insight into how damage to the tiny vessels in the brain can cause them to leak, contributing to dementia and stroke. Even better, this research has identified a drug target that could plug these leaks and potentiallyContinue Reading

MONDAY, Oct. 30, 2023 (HealthDay News) — Patients with sickle cell disease may soon have two new treatments to try. On Tuesday, a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory committee will weigh the merits of a new gene therapy for the painful, inherited condition, which typically strikes Black people. The agencyContinue Reading

TUESDAY, Sept. 12, 2023 (HealthDay News) — It’s possible that the cause of spontaneous, recurring brain hemorrhages can be passed through blood transfusion, researchers say. The likelihood of this happening is very slim, however. Still, “blood transfusions are relatively common, which makes possible negative effects an important public health issue,”Continue Reading

FRIDAY, Sept. 8, 2023 (HealthDay News) — It’s well known that certain forms of birth control carry a small risk of blood clots. Now a large new study suggests that some common painkillers can magnify that risk. The study, of 2 million Danish women, found what numerous others have before:Continue Reading