Rapper T.I.’s Daughter Should Never Have Had a ‘Virginity Test’

The rapper and actor T.I. prompted widespread outrage after revealing on a podcast that he accompanies his 18-year-old daughter to a doctor’s appointment each year to insure that her hymen is still intact. Scientists have long condemned so-called virginity testing as a violation of a woman’s rights, as well as a sham procedure unsupported by evidence. “A virginity exam does …

Judge strikes down new Trump rule on religious objections

A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a new Trump administration rule that could open the way for more health care workers to refuse to participate in abortions or other procedures on moral or religious grounds. U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer said the U.S. Health and Human Services Department overstepped its authority and went beyond existing law in issuing …

Crispr Takes Its First Steps in Editing Genes to Fight Cancer

Next, the researchers used a virus to arm the T-cells with what Dr. Stadtmauer called a warhead, which would direct the cells to attack a target called NY-ESO-1, a protein found on cancer cells but rarely on normal tissue. Then, after processing the cells to remove any traces of Crispr, the research team infused the cells — 100 million of …

‘This city is not livable’: New Delhi citizens face foul air

Sakshi Chauhan has not left her house in a quiet inner-city slum in the Indian capital for the past six days on her doctor’s orders. The 22-year-old call center operator is recovering from a severe throat infection and the thick smog now blanketing New Delhi has made even breathing dangerous. “The moment I step outside, I can’t breathe properly,” she said. …

Vast Dragnet Targets Theft of Biomedical Secrets for China

The scientist at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston was hardly discreet. “Here is the bones and meet of what you want,” he wrote in a misspelled email to researchers in China. Attached was a confidential research proposal, according to administrators at the center. The scientist had access to the document only because he had been asked to review it …

Abortion ban proposal faces a murky future in South Carolina

South Carolina could get closer to being the latest state to pass a ban on almost all abortions Tuesday as a proposal faces another vote, but the bill’s future is murky because it does not include exceptions for victims of rape and incest. The state Senate Medical Affairs Committee is expected to pass the measure along to the full Senate …

Why Didn’t She Get Alzheimer’s? The Answer Could Hold a Key to Fighting the Disease

The woman’s genetic profile showed she would develop Alzheimer’s by the time she turned 50. A member of the world’s largest family to suffer from Alzheimer’s, she, like generations of her relatives, was born with a gene mutation that causes people to begin having memory and thinking problems in their 40s and deteriorate rapidly toward death around age 60. But …

Kids with autism in UK detained in ‘horrific’ conditions

A British Parliamentary committee says some young people with autism or learning disabilities are being detained under “horrific” conditions and has called for an urgent overhaul of the medical system overseeing their treatments. In a report issued Friday, the Joint Committee on Human Rights said it heard “grim” evidence about how young people with disabilities or autism were being held, …

An Unnamed Source Who Shouldn’t Be Anonymous

Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together. The name of one of my most valuable sources on a complicated investigation never appeared in the published article. Last year, I got a tip about a legal fight in Washington over the reliability of the state’s alcohol breath-testing machines. …

US judge blocks Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants

A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, on Saturday put on hold a Trump administration rule requiring immigrants prove they will have health insurance or can pay for medical care before they can get visas. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon granted a temporary restraining order that prevents the rule from going into effect Sunday. It’s not clear when he will rule …