Charles Horton, M.D.

Charles Horton is a graduate of the WJI mid-career course and is WORLD’s medical correspondent

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A fresh pair of genes?

Medicine | Gene editing could alter human embryos for life
by Charles Horton, M.D.
Posted 3/01/17, 11:36 am

Do genes equal destiny? Anatomically speaking, yes: A child with two X chromosomes will be a girl, and a child with one X and one Y will be a boy. Genes help determine everything from height and hair color to whether a person will enjoy certain flavors. They can also act like mosquitoes and ticks, transmitting disease.

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Hard to swallow

Medicine | Sky-high drug prices spark anger, but here are ways to beat them
by Charles Horton, M.D.
Posted 1/26/17, 04:45 pm

Ubiquitous, lifesaving, expensive: the EpiPen has become the symbol of soaring drug prices. The ready-to-use treatment for allergic emergencies comes in packs of two, whose price has quadrupled since 2004 to over $600. Its maker Mylan announced a cheaper version, but public outrage continued—especially when USA Today reported that former National Association of State Boards of Education president Gayle Manchin, who promoted EpiPen mandates for schools during her presidency, is the mother of Mylan CEO Heather Bresch.

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National Mall to host dozens of protests during inauguration

Inauguration | Demonstrations are planned on a variety of topics, from marijuana to motorcycles
by Charles Horton, M.D.
Posted 1/11/17, 09:40 am

The weather forecast for Donald Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration might miss one cloud: DCMJ, a group promoting marijuana legalization, plans to distribute joints to attendees just prior to the inauguration. Recipients are to bring them onto the National Mall and at 4 minutes and 20 seconds into the ceremony—the number 420 has long been associated with marijuana—light them.

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