Good morning. ... An English woman is suing her doctors for failing to tell her she carried the gene for Huntington's disease — the first case of its kind, according to The Guardian.
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A Chinese scientist says he has successfully used the gene-editing tool known as CRISPR to produce genetically engineered children, according to the Associated Press.
Why it matters: Gene editing has the power to spare a child from painful, fatal diseases. It also has the power to basically become a form of eugenics.
More than two out of five Americans say paying for their prescription drugs in the past year was difficult, even though most have health insurance, according to a new survey from GoodRx, a consumer site that compares drug costs.
Why it matters, via Axios' Bob Herman: Drug prices are a top public concern because many people take medications every day and see the toll on their wallets. The survey shows people aren't really feeling any relief amid the political promises to address the issue.
By the numbers: The GoodRx survey, which mirrors other public tracking polls, found:
More than a dozen medical devices approved by the FDA for export to other countries — but not for use in the U.S. — have been identified as having "troubled track records" in an investigation by NBC News.
Between the lines: This raises questions about whether it is America's job to evaluate whether a medical device is safe for use in another country, my colleague Caitlin Owens notes.
Most breaches of personal health information stem from "internal issues" among doctors, hospitals and other providers, rather than hacks, according to research from Michigan State University and Johns Hopkins University, published last week in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Between the lines: Earlier research showed that the overall number of health care data breaches — and the number of records exposed from those breaches — is rising.
Yes, but: Large-scale hacks are still responsible for a big share of the total number of records exposed. The 2015 Anthem hack, for example, affected the information of some 80 million people.