A Few Get In

While much of the US National Institutes of Health is closed due to the federal government shutdown, a few critically ill patients have been admitted to the hospital there, the Associated Press reports.

The NIH Clinical Center typically treats patients who have had little success elsewhere with standard treatments. Many of the patients have cancer, and a number are children.

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