By Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved on Wednesday the first-ever gene therapy to treat children and young adults with leukemia. Called Kymriah, but better known as CAR T-cell treatment, the therapy is being hailed by doctors as revolutionary. It involves genetically modifying a...
Washington (CNN) Americans can still expect to get their tax refunds even though the Internal Revenue Service has been swept up in the federal government shutdown. "Tax refunds will go out," acting director of the Office of Management and Budget Russell Vought told reporters on Monday. He added that the Trump...
The children, ages 9, 12, 14, 15 and 16, were in a car headed back home from a local Walmart when they encountered the police officers. By Breanna Edwards, ESSENCE Two Waycross, Georgia, police officers are currently on administrative leave after shooting at five minors, including a child as young as...
By Kristine Phillips, USA Today The federal government will start carrying out death sentences for the first time in nearly two decades, Attorney General William Barr said on Thursday, ordering officials to schedule executions for five inmates. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has not executed anyone since 2003, and it had...
By Natalie McGill, blackhealthmatters.com U.S. minorities find getting quality end-of-life care a challenge, and health-care costs and cultural beliefs about death are playing a role, a recent study finds. The findings come from research published online November 17, 2015, in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. The barriers are a growing public health...
By Charlene Crowell Every budget defines priorities and values. To put it another way, what’s really important in life gets supported financially. For many families, having a home, food, and utilities usually rank pretty high. Then there are other budgetary concerns like saving for college or having a ‘rainy day’...
By Sam Levine, huffingtonpost.com Ben Carson, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is concerned that those who rely on the government for help with their housing aren’t too comfortable. The New York Times followed Carson as he toured housing facilities in Ohio, where he seemed very interested in the amenities...
Over 1,500 Teaching Assistants and Graduate Assistants at the University of Illinois at Chicago will withhold their labor indefinitely starting March 19, after stalled contract negotiations between the UIC Graduate Employees Organization (GEO) and the university administration. A majority of GEO members voted in mid-February to authorize a strike,...
By Teryn Payne, jetmag.com An increase in violent incidents directed at people of color since the presidential election has spurred an increase in gun purchases among African-Americans. Gun store owners tell NBC News, the number of Black and minority customers they’ve seen has quadrupled since the election. In addition, Black gun groups...
By Tom Schuba, nbcchicago.com Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders will host a rally at Chicago State University Thursday as the school struggles to stay open amid the state's budget impasse. The state of Illinois has been without a budget since July of last year. As a result, state...