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Lawsuits could bankrupt vaccine program

Lawsuits could bankrupt vaccine program

A program that encourages childhood vaccinations could collapse under unproven allegations that the shots cause disease, an expert warned at grand rounds for the Department of Pediatrics in May.Paul Offit, M.D., chief of infectious diseases at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, said that the fallout from a 2008 court decision would discourage vaccine makers from continuing production. Since 1955, when a bad batch of polio vaccine killed 10 people, testing and regulation of vaccines have improved. But subsequent court rulings that vaccine makers could be held liable without being negligent led to “a flood of lawsuits” in the 1970s.In 1986...

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A gene to protect bone marrow from chemotherapy

A gene to protect bone marrow from chemotherapy

In a new approach to cancer treatment, researchers are studying a form of gene therapy that may...

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Children, foster care and orphanages

Children, foster care and orphanages

When Nicolae Ceauşescu took power in Romania in 1965, he believed that his country needed a larger...

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Bolero, dementia and the creative process

Bolero, dementia and the creative process

In 1930, when Maurice Ravel composed Bolero, his best-known work, he may have been in the throes of...

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