FDA approves new treatment that restores vision in patients with congenital blindness

In December, the FDA made history by approving a gene therapy for a rare inherited eye disease that causes blindness. This is the first gene therapy to be cleared in the U.S. for treatment of the eye or any inherited disease. And it’s only the third gene therapy approved for use in the U.S.; the other two therapies to gain approval earlier in 2017 treat blood cancers.Read More

The subtler ways racism impacts health—and why that’s everyone’s problem to solve

Most of us in this country have become painfully aware that racism and discrimination did not disappear after the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Violent events like the deadly clash at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville make headlines, but racism shows up in much subtler ways, too. Troubling evidence shows that discrimination—even unconscious bias—is linked to poor health care and even death in minority populations. Can this injustice be fixed?Read More

No more secrets: the outpouring of victims’ stories has impacted every profession, including medicine

We’re in the midst of a movement no one wanted to be a part of. This moment was “borne of a very real and potent sense of unrest,” stated TIME in its Person of the Year issue. In a surprising but timely move, the magazine chose as this year’s “person” a group of women, and a few men, who have come forward to speak about their sexual harassment and abuse. They have been dubbed “The Silence Breakers.” Read More

Along with exciting innovations come cost increases for patients and providers

A lot can change in a year. That’s especially true in health care. Last December in our annual predictions post, we said that wearables had hit a rough patch as the industry struggled with what to do with all that data. Fast-forward a year: “Today, Apple Watch is poised to become the world’s best selling wearable. And, the market is quickly diversifying as hearables (once again led by Apple) and clinical wearables gain importance,” reported health care technology news site HIT Consultant. (Hearables, by the way, are Bluetooth-connected, wireless earbuds and headphones that can improve hearing loss and act as voice-activated assistants, among other things.)Read More

Does medical marijuana treat glaucoma? And other common misconceptions, explained

Weed, pot, grass, chronic, reefer—whatever you call it, there’s a nearly 100 percent chance either you or someone you know has used this drug before. A whopping 22.2 million Americans have used it in the past month alone and 52 percent of adults have used it at least once in their life, making it the most commonly used illicit substance in the U.S. Read More