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New gene therapy to treat leukemiaPhoto of Bruce Bejcek
July 20, 2017 | WMU News
An FDA panel has approved a new gene therapy that alters a patient's own immune system to treat leukemia. The first treatment of its kind is good news for leukemia sufferers, says Dr. Bruce Bejcek, a WMU professor of biological sciences.

The decrease in opioid prescriptionsPhoto of Dennis Simpson
July 13, 2017 | WMU News
A new CDC report shows doctors are cutting back on opioid prescriptions in the face of an opioid addiction crisis. The bad news is the number of prescriptions is still too high and many people remain addicted, says Dr. C. Dennis Simpson, director of the WMU Specialty Program in Alcohol and Drug Abuse.

The increase in extreme heatwavesPhoto of Todd Ellis
July 7, 2017 | WMU News
An intense heatwave recently in the Southwest grounded planes in Phoenix and resulted in heat and air pollution advisories. The frequency and severity of heatwaves is increasing, spurred by global climate change, says Dr. Todd Ellis, an assistant professor of geography in the WMU Mallinson Institute for Science Education.

Amazon's buyout of Whole FoodsPhoto of Marcel Zondag
June 29, 2017 | WMU News
Amazon has announced it will buy the upscale food market chain Whole Foods for $13.7 billion. The buyout gives the online retailing giant a stronger foothold in the grocery business, but doesn't mean its concept called Amazon Go, an experimental grocery store with no checkouts, will materialize anytime soon, says Dr. Marcel Zondag, an assistant professor in the WMU Food and Consumer Package Goods Marketing program.

Where do Democrats go from here?Photo of Peter Wielhouwer
June 22, 2017 | WMU News
After losing four special elections to Congress in a row, Democrats are trying to regroup. Special elections often are not a good predictor of what will happen in the next general election, but Democrats do have some soul searching to do, says Dr. Peter Wielhouwer, a WMU associate professor of political science.