1. could it get worse?

    Shutdown Hurts Kids With Cancer

    FILE - A technician loads patient samples into a machine for testing at Myriad Genetics Friday, May 31, 2002, in Salt Lake City. DNA samples are moved from one tray to another by the eight-needle apparatus at left. The Supreme Court ruled Thursday, June 13, 2013 that Myriad Genetics Inc. cannot patent the BRCA genes, which are tested to check a woman’s risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Mutations in these genes are what led Angelina Jolie to have both her breasts removed because she had such a high cancer risk. Some experts think the court ruling may lead to lower cost testing because there could be more competition. (AP Photo/Douglas C. Pizac)

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    You can’t do much worse than angering WWII veterans and hurting kids with cancer, Washington. Every week the government is shut down, 10 children with cancer will be barred from starting clinical trials due to the National Institutes of Health’s furloughing nearly 75 percent of staff. An estimated 200 patients will be delayed each week of the congressional impasse, around 10 of whom are children with cancer, because there will be no new patients enrolled in trials or new trials beginning during the shutdown.

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