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New Gene-Therapy Treatments Will Carry Whopping Price Tags

The first gene therapy treatment in the United States was approved recently by the Food and Drug Administration, heralding a new era in medicine that is coming faster than most realize — and that perhaps few can afford.<p>The treatment, Kymriah, made by Novartis, is spectacularly effective against a …


How to respond to hate

What makes American democracy shine is not the absence of hate but the response. Repugnant ideas have always swirled in this country amid the legitimate: Racism, anti-Semitism and crackpot nationalism exist. Such ugliness is not outlawed. It is protected by the Constitution. It also is marginalized …

Rebranding Chicago's South Side

<i>“So, Chicago is having this unbelievable violence. People being killed — four, five, six in a weekend and I’m saying, ‘What is going on?’ ”</i><p><i>— President Donald Trump, speaking at a rally at Suffolk County Community College in Brentwood, N.Y., July 28, 2017</i><p>Yes, America, violence on Chicago’s South …

Illinois vs. the opioid epidemic

The epidemic of opioid overdose deaths has been geographically lopsided. West Virginia has the highest rate, followed by New Hampshire, Ohio and Kentucky. Illinois’ rate is one-third of West Virginia’s, but that’s only modest comfort. Last year, 1,889 people died from opioid overdoses in …

New Hampshire

Slavery in the US prison system

If you want to find an example of modern day slavery, look no further than US prisons.<p>Today marks one year since the largest prison labour strike in US history. More than<p>24,000 prisoners across 29 prisons in 12 states protested against inhumane conditions, timing it around the anniversary of the …

Human Rights