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2014-07-08 16:25:25

TOWSON, Md., July 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With the recent addition of newborn screening for Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID) in New Jersey and Illinois, approximately two-thirds of all babies born in the U.S. will be screened for this deadly disease. SCID is a primary immunodeficiency disease where affected infants lack the T-cells and antibody immunity that help fight infections from a wide array of viruses, bacteria and fungi, leaving these infants susceptible to serious,...

2014-01-03 12:23:32

TOWSON, Md., Jan. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF), the national patient organization for persons with primary immunodeficiency diseases, commends the state of Washington for their decision to add Severe Combined Immune Deficiency (SCID) to the list of conditions that all newborns in the state are screened for at birth effective January 1, 2014. SCID is commonly known as "bubble boy disease" after David Vetter, a boy who lived in a germ-free bubble for...

2009-10-13 12:41:42

Mention the words "bubble boy" and many will recall David Vetter, the kid with big eyes and a thick thatch of dark hair who died 25 years ago after spending almost the entire 12 years of his life in a germ-free, plastic bubble. David was born with severe combined immune deficiency, or SCID, a condition that robbed him of an immune system. Since David's death however, researchers have refined treatment options for children with SCID, and today, as scientists at Duke University Medical Center...

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2009-01-29 14:50:00

Researchers have reported that gene therapy appears to have cured eight of 10 children who had a rare immunodeficiency disorder, providing new evidence to support the controversial treatment. Severe combined immunodeficiency, or SCID, has been named "bubble boy disease," after David Vetter, of Houston, became famous for living inside a plastic "Ëœbubble' after being diagnosed with the disease. Reporting in Thursday's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, a team of...


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