Editor's note: In an interview on AC360, Dr. Sanjay Gupta spoke with an attorney, Paul Clement, representing the adoptive parents.
A custody battle involving the "best interests" of a 3-year-old Cherokee girl will be taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court, an issue spanning the rights of adoptive parents and the desire to preserve Native American families within tribes.
The justices announced Friday they will hear an appeal from Matt and Melanie Capobianco, who legally adopted little Veronica in 2009, shortly after the birth mother agreed to give up the child. Oral arguments in the case will likely be heard in April with a ruling by late June.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta says the connection between Asperger's syndrome and planned violence is a myth. The topic has stirred debate since the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
Doctors used a disabled form of HIV to reprogram a child's immune system to kill her cancer. Emma Whitehead had been battling leukemia for two years and has now been in remission for seven months thanks to the groundbreaking medical treatment.
"Different to using chemotherapy to achieve those goals, you take out some of the body's immune cells and you basically reprogram them. You put some genetic material into them that teaches the cells to attack that cancer," says Dr. Sanjay Gupta. "They're using a sort of deadened form of the HIV virus to transport that genetic material into cells."
The experimental procedure was developed by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, and they've tested it on 12 patients so far with varying results. The $20,000 price tag is cheaper than a bone marrow transplant.
Hundreds of patients had to be evacuated from NYU Medical Center during the storm when the hospital lost power and backup generators failed. The staff had to stabilize and carry people down flights of stairs using only flashlights to illuminate their path. Babies and infants on ventilators were helped by nurses hand-pumping air into their chests.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta was given exclusive access to the NICU at The Mt. Sinai Hospital, where 10 babies were transferred from NYU. He reports on a baby girl, Emma, who weighed only 2 lbs. when she had to be moved about 70 blocks from NYU Langone Medical Center. Her parents found out their child needed to be evacuated when they were watching one of Mayor Bloomberg's press conferences on T.V. But they lost power, and were stuck in New Jersey desperate to be with Emma.
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