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Commentary: Novartis CEO: Gene therapy offers hope of cures in a treatment, but US needs new pricing, payment model

The current global health system treats chronic diseases with a pay-as-you-go model, spreading costs over months and years. It's unprepared to pay for a surge of new, single-treatment therapies with the potential to provide a lifetime of benefit.
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New treatment could become first targeted therapy designed for ‘untreatable’ childhood brain cancer

A new type of drug that targets a genetic weakness in an untreatable childhood brain cancer could become the first ever treatment designed to target the disease. The prototype treatment could also offer hope for patients with the rare and devastating ‘stone man syndrome’ — in which muscles and ligaments turn to bone.
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This UK airport has introduced therapy dogs to calm nervous fliers

Beats slugging down a mini of Jack Daniels on the plane, anyway

Words by Niamh McCollum

Travelling can be a stressful time for everyone, but for those of us with an actual phobia of flying, finding the ability to calm down can be lot easier said than done.

From sleeping pills, to meditation apps or a wee touch of scotch (Kirsten Wiig we’re looking at you), everyone has their own way of dealing with their fear of being up in the big blue unknown.

If you’ve grown tired of these methods, however, or found they were never that effective in the first place, we have some seriously good news for you: airport therapy dogs are coming to the UK!

That’s right, a Scottish airport has just announced that it is getting the UK’s very first therapy dog team to help nervous fliers by cuddling them into a state of calm.

From this weekend, a group of cute canines will be on hand to help soothe anyone who feels anxious before catching a flight at Aberdeen International Airport.

The dogs will be easily identified in high-vis jackets and matching bandanas (we know!), and will be free to roam around passengers and staff throughout the airport terminal.

Although it’s already a well-established practice for therapy dogs to visit schools, prisons, universities and nursing homes, this will be the first time that a group of this scale are being introduced into an airport environment.

In other words, we are witnessing a pretty monumental event in history.

According to Aberdeen airport, there will be 14 different dogs in total including golden retrievers, collies, red labradors, Scottish deerhounds and German shepherds.

Aberdeen airport duty manager Fraser Bain spoke of the exciting new announcement, saying: ‘We’re excited to be the first airport in the UK to offer this service to passengers.’

‘As well as benefiting our visitors, we also recognise the benefit to the mental health and wellbeing of our staff.’

He added: ‘The Canine Crew is made up of a variety of dogs, with a mixture of brilliant traits and personalities and we cannot wait to see the reaction of our passengers.’

Anyone need a lift up to Aberdeen this weekend?

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Doctors use HIV in gene therapy to fix ‘bubble boy’ disease

A study out Wednesday details how scientists turned this enemy virus into a savior, altering it so it couldn't cause disease and then using it to deliver a gene the boys lacked.
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Immune System Therapy Shows Wider Promise Against Cancer

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ATLANTA (AP) — A treatment that helps the immune system fight deadly blood cancers is showing early signs of promise against some solid tumors, giving hope that this approach might be extended to more common cancers in the future.

The treatment, called CAR-T therapy, involves genetically modifying some of a patient’s own cells to help them recognize and attack cancer. Richard Carlstrand of Long Key, Florida, had it more than a year ago for mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer of the lining of the lungs.

“We were going into unknown territories” to try this, he said, but now he shows no sign of cancer and “I couldn’t be happier.”

Results on his and other cases were discussed Sunday at an American Association for Cancer Research conference in Atlanta.

The first CAR-T therapies were approved in 2017 for some leukemias and lymphomas. After being altered in the lab, the modified immune system cells are returned to the patient through an IV, which puts them right where the cancer is — in the blood.

But that approach doesn’t work well if the cells have to travel far through the bloodstream to get to tumors in the lung, breast, colon, or other places.

“Solid tumors are notorious for not letting the immune cells enter,” and not enough may make it in to have an effect, said Dr. Prasad Adusumilli of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

A bigger worry is that the proteins on solid tumor cells that these therapies target also are found on normal cells at lower levels, so the therapy might harm them, too.

Adusumilli helped design a new CAR-T to try to avoid these problems and tested it on 19 patients with mesothelioma and two others with lung and breast cancer, respectively, that had spread to the chest lining. About 150,000 patients in the U.S. each year face this situation.

The modified cells were injected directly into the chest where the tumors were. A genetic safety switch was added so a medicine could be given to destroy the cells if they caused harm.

After the therapy, one patient was able to have surgery and radiation, and is doing well 20 months later with no further treatment. Fifteen others were well enough to start on a drug that boosts the immune system in a different way.

Eleven of the 15 have been studied long enough to report results. Two had signs of cancer disappear for about a year, although one later relapsed. Six saw their tumors shrink. Three saw their cancer worsen.

There were no severe side effects although some patients had temporarily low blood counts and fatigue.

Grants from the federal government and foundations paid for the work and a larger study is planned. Sloan Kettering has licensed the treatment to Atara Biotherapeutics and may get payments from it, as may Adusumilli.

A second study tested a different CAR-T therapy in 10 children and adults with advanced sarcomas — cancers that originate in various soft tissues or bones. Unlike other CAR-Ts that are usually given just once, this one was given multiple times, up to 15 in one patient’s case, if there were signs it was helping.

“From a single blood draw we make a large amount of the CAR-T cells and then we freeze them” and give them through an IV as needed, said Dr. Shoba Navai of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

Two of the 10 patients had all signs of cancer disappear, one for 17 months and the other for nearly three years, so far. Three others had their disease stabilized. Five worsened despite treatment.

Side effects were similar to the other study. The therapy seems safe “and we have early signs that this treatment approach may help,” Navai said.

Several foundations and charities paid for the work.

“These studies are showing there may be a path forward in solid tumors” with CAR-T therapies, said Dr. Louis Weiner, director of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and one of the conference leaders. It may hold promise for some cancers of the stomach, breast, colon, lung and other areas, he said.

Cost is a big issue — current CAR-T therapies are around $ 400,000 but can be made for far less than that in research centers. Doctors say they hope the cost will come down as more come on the market and find their way to wider use.

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Google Loses Gay-Rights Endorsement Over Controversial Conversion Therapy App

Google lost an endorsement from the Human Rights Campaign, the largest U.S. LGBTQ group, over an app tied to the practice of so-called “conversion therapy” to change a gay person’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

Alphabet Inc.’s Google, which had previously scored a perfect 100 on the annual Corporate Equality Index, will have its rating withheld until the app is removed from its Android phones, Human Rights Campaign said in a statement. It’s only the third time in the 17-year history of the index that a rating has been withheld.

“We have been urging Google to remove this app because it is life-threatening to LGBTQ youth and also clearly violates the company’s own standards,” the Human Rights Campaign said in a statement. The program has already been removed from app stores run by Apple Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Amazon.com Inc., the group said. Conversion therapy has been denounced by medical organizations and lawmakers who have pushed to ban licensed therapists from working with minors on the program.

Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

A perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index is used by many companies to appeal to future and current employees seeking a diverse and supportive workplace, particularly millennial workers moving into the majority of the labor pool. This year, a record 570 companies received the top 100-point rating, according to the report released Thursday.

The app in dispute was developed by Living Hope Ministries, a Christian group formed in 1989 in Texas which says it is an outlet for people struggling with a conflict between faith and sexuality. A January blog post that protested Apple’s decision to remove the app from its App Store disputed a connection to conversion therapy. Living Hope Ministries didn’t immediately return an email seeking comment.

Walmart Inc. retained a perfect score in this year’s Corporate Equality Index. The largest retailer had its perfect score suspended last year after two federal complaints alleged the world’s largest retailer hadn’t protected transgender employees from discrimination. The only other time a rating was withheld was in 2015 when Saks Inc. was involved in a legal dispute with a transgender employee.

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Immersive virtual reality therapy shows lasting effect in treatment of phobias in children with autism

New research shows that an immersive virtual reality environment treats 45 percent of children with autism, freeing them from their fears and phobias — and that the treatment lasts.
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Conversion ‘therapy’ begins at home

A new study finds that attempts by parents and religious leaders or therapists to change the sexual orientation of LGBT adolescents (‘conversion therapy’) contribute to multiple health and adjustment problems in young adulthood. These include higher levels of depression and suicidal behavior, as well as lower levels of self-esteem, social support and life satisfaction, and lower levels of education and income in young adulthood.
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