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The Philly Four: UPenn doctors say they can cure leukemia

Sam Britt
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Millions to be invested in Port of Philadelphia

  • Gov. Tom Wolf is expected to announce a multi-million dollar investment by the state into the Port of Philadelphia. The goal of the investment is to "continue modernization efforts, improving regional economic stability to further benefit the commonwealth." The port took in many ships over the past year as the supply chain struggled to adapt to large shifts in demand.

School district updates mask policy

  • The Philadelphia School District will no longer allow cloth masks, stating that they do not do enough to protect students from COVID-19. Students and staff are now required to wear N95, KN95 or KF94 masks. Students who want to still wear cloth masks must wear them over a disposable mask.

UPenn doctors say they can cure leukemia

  • Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania studied the treatment of Doug Olson’s leukemia for 10 years and have concluded that gene therapy can cure leukemia. The treatment turns blood cells into cancer killers and after 10 years there is no more cancer in Olson's body. Though the term is rarely used within the cancer community, other doctors also agreed that Olson is "most likely" cured.

Philadelphia opens first Narcan vending machine

  • Through a program called, Narcan Near Me, Philadelphia has created the first Narcan vending machine in the hopes that the lifesaving drug will help curb overdose deaths in the city. Health Commissioner Cheryl Bettigole said the goal of the machine is to break down barriers involved in purchasing the drug from the pharmacy in order to foster free and easy access to Narcan.

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