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What We're Reading: Alabama Abortion Protests; House Equality Act; Rising Suicide Rates Among Girls
May 20, 2019 – AJMC Staff
Concurrent Decline in FVC, Walking Test More Likely Associated With Disease Progression in IPF
May 18, 2019 – Samantha DiGrande
Providing Pain Relief for Patients With Bone Metastases
May 18, 2019 – Laura Joszt
Opicapone Can Increase Length of ON-Periods in Patients With Parkinson Disease
May 18, 2019 – Wallace Stephens
Dysregulated Energy Production in Stem Cells Implicated in Fanconi Anemia
May 18, 2019 – Allison Inserro
Study Examines Effects of Alcohol, HIV, HCV on Immune System Activation
May 18, 2019 – Wallace Stephens
First-in-Human Study of Dual Inhibitor Licogliflozin Showed Significant Weight Loss in Obese Patients
May 17, 2019 – Mary Caffrey
Researchers Identify Potential Cause of Relapses in MS
May 17, 2019 – Samantha DiGrande
Researchers Examine Metabolic Effects of Ruxolitinib
May 17, 2019 – Allison Inserro

What We're Reading: Syphilis Rates Rising; House Democrats and ACA Suit; WHO to Look at Gene Editing

AJMC Staff
Drug use is fueling record-high syphilis rates around the nation, a CDC report said; the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is allowing House Democrats to defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in a lawsuit that challenges the law’s constitutionality; the World Health Organization (WHO) is convening an expert meeting in March to develop global standards for the governance and oversight of human gene editing.

Spike in Syphilis Rates Being Fueled by Drug Use

Drug use is fueling record-high syphilis rates around the nation, a CDC report said. The report shows a large intersection between drug use and syphilis among women and heterosexual men. In those groups, reported use of methamphetamine, heroin, and other injection drugs more than doubled from 2013 to 2017, Kaiser Health News reported.

 

House Democrats Allowed to Defend ACA in Federal Lawsuit

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals is allowing House Democrats to defend the Affordable Care Act in a lawsuit that challenges the law’s constitutionality, Politico reported. Democrats voted last month to intervene in the lawsuit. The court also approved requests from 4 states (Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, and Nevada) to join the defense being mounted by a list of blue states.

 

WHO to Develop Global Standards for Gene Editing Oversight

The World Health Organization is convening an expert meeting in March to develop global standards for the governance and oversight of human gene editing, the Associated Press reported. The panel will examine the scientific, ethical, social, and legal challenges. Last fall, Chinese researcher He Jiankui claimed he altered the DNA of twin girls to make them resistant to HIV, in a move criticized by many scientists.

 
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