Doctors sometimes use technical words. When this happens, patients and their families should pause a discussion and ask for clarification. The more you understand about your health, the better you can take care of it. What follows is a list of medical words or phrases you may hear or come across in the news and easy-to-understand definitions.
Some patients with genetically inherited diseases may benefit from advances in the field of gene therapy, a treatment that aims to correct a person's genetic mutation. A Yale geneticist created a gene therapy intended to benefit a single patient and is now testing it in his lab.