In late February, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new medication for the treatment of high cholesterol. The medication, called Nexletol (bempedoic acid), is meant to be used in combination with a healthy diet and statin therapy to treat high cholesterol in adults. The medication is specifically approved for individuals who have…

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Doctors have used the up-and-coming gene therapy tool CRISPR in a human for the first time as part of an ongoing clinical trial to treat a genetic condition called Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). LCA is an inherited eye disorder that affects the retina (the layer of tissue at the back of the eye that detects…

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Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing has come a long way in popularity, but it still has a long way to go in accuracy. As of February 2019, more than 26 million consumers had tried DTC genetic testing to learn more about their ancestry or uncover genetic mysteries. Data from MIT Technology Review found the total of…

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