Gene therapy shows promise in initial trial for patients with childhood blindness

A new gene therapy for one of the most common forms of congenital blindness was safe and improved patients' vision, according to initial data from a clinical trial.

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210419135708.htm

Intellectual disability is rarely inherited -- risk for younger siblings is low

Intellectual disability is most often caused by changes to the genome that take place in early fetal development and are not found in the parents' DNA. This is why the risk of recurrence in the next sibling of the family is very small, as indicated by a recent study.

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210419110144.htm

How to make online arguments productive

Researchers worked with almost 260 people to understand online disagreements and to develop potential design interventions that could make these discussions more productive and centered around relationship-building.

Read more: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2021/04/210419095127.htm

Public Health Experts Worry About Boom-Bust Cycle of Support

Congress has poured tens of billions of dollars into public health since last year. While health officials who have juggled bare-bones budgets for years are grateful for the money, they worry it will soon dry up, just as it has after previous crises such as 9/11, SARS and Ebola. Meanwhile, they continue to cope with an exodus from the field amid political pressure and exhaustion that meant 1 in 6 Americans lost their local health department leader.

Read more: https://khn.org/news/article/public-health-experts-worry-about-boom-bust-cycle-of-support/

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