FROM Mary Elizabeth Williams
The promise of immunotherapy Six years ago, the writer Mary Elizabeth Williams got a terrifying diagnosis. She had melanoma, a deadly skin cancer. It eventually spread to stage 4, and the prognosis was terminal. As a last-ditch effort, Williams joined a clinical trial for a still-novel treatment called immunotherapy . And today she is not only alive, but she’s been in complete remission for almost five years. For Williams, immunotherapy has been nothing short of miraculous, but she’s the exception. Most cancers, so far, don’t respond to these new experimental treatments. Link to Mary Elizabeth’s book
Erin Andrews Testifies in Stalker Case Fox sportscaster Erin Andrews has been testifying in court for the last two days. She’s suing the Marriott Vanderbilt in Nashville and her stalker, Michael David Barrett, for $75 million. Barrett took nude videos of Andrews through a peephole while she was staying at the hotel. He then posted the videos online. ESPN, Andrews’ employer at the time, thought the videos might be a publicity stunt and insisted she do an interview about them before she was allowed back to work. What do the new details tell us about being a woman in the sports world?
States allowed to strip federal funds from abortion clinics President Trump signed the law allowing states to block federal funding to family planning clinics that offer abortions. Critics say this could potentially devastate the health care network that low-income women rely on for birth control and other reproductive care.
Lead poisoning hits LA County It’s been three years since the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan began. Flint residents are still drinking bottled water. In LA County, there are areas with even higher rates of lead contamination, and in places you wouldn’t expect, like wealthy San Marino.