Daily Dose: Measles outbreaks explodes in California; FBI raids a biotech startup’s office

No sign of light: In a matter of a day, the number of measles cases under quarantine at two California universities ballooned from roughly 400 to over 700 in less than a day. The University of California, Los Angeles and California State University Los Angeles, has been cooperating with public health officials to help identify people who had been exposed to the virus. https://nyti.ms/2XTGkjJ

Jury still out: Oral immunotherapy for peanut allergies has shown some promise but has also been shown to cause more severe reactions for those whom the therapy did not work. According to Alkis Togias, the branch chief of allergy, asthma, and airway biology at the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the data show the intervention is at an early stage. “From our perspective as an agency that is responsible for research in the field, what it tells us is that we need to improve on the methods for treating food allergy, especially peanut allergy.” http://bit.ly/2GUqakE

Criminal startup: The FBI has raided the San Francisco offices of uBiome, a biotech diagnostics company. They believe the company to be guilty of billing insurance companies fraudulent charges. He startup’s “at-home offerings include Explorer, for gut wellness, food and lifestyle; SmartGut, a stool test aimed at chronic conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis; and the women’s health test SmartJane, which detects sexually transmitted infections, strains of HPV and different types of vaginal microbes.” http://bit.ly/2GS5ARV

IMAGE SOURCE: Creative Commons

The Scientific Inquirer needs your support. Please visit our Patreon page and discover ways that you can make a difference. http://bit.ly/2jjiagi. Alternatively, to make a one time $10 contribution visit our Support page.

1 comment

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: