Category Archives: Disease

Innovio’s DNA-based Zika vaccine is safe and effective at inducing immune response; where has this breakthrough vaccine technique been hiding?

The News: A DNA-based Zika vaccine from Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Plymouth Meeting PA) and South Korea’s GeneOne Life Science Inc. induced anti-Zika immune responses in an early stage human trial,… Read more »

Alarming study concludes most new, pricey cancer drugs don’t work; why are we just hearing about this?

The News: Researchers said only half of the cancer drugs approved by European regulators in the past few years have shown to help patients. Many of the drugs were approved… Read more »

Although more expensive, study says teaching hospitals save more lives. My personal take.

Perhaps not evident to many patients, there are two kinds of hospitals–teaching and nonteaching–and an intense debate about which is better. Teaching hospitals, affiliated with medical schools, are the training grounds… Read more »

CDC weighs in with new Zika data, heightened warning about complacency

The News: Zika has gradually disappeared from the headlines, buried under the daily avalanche of news coming out of the nation’s capital and terror attacks in Europe. But on Thursday… Read more »

ASCO, aka The Oncology Super Bowl for Biotechs, sends stocks in every direction

Steve’s Take: As another jam-packed annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago wrapped up on Tuesday (June 6, 2017), with some 38,000 oncologists gathering together at… Read more »

Zika: Forgotten, but not gone; Trump budget would slash funds aimed at safeguarding the public

The News: As the weather gradually gets warmer, and in some areas more humid, public health officials in the United States are quietly gearing up to combat the threat still… Read more »

Eyeing big $$$, tech titans Microsoft, IBM plunge into health care with snazzy startups; but will the docs buy in?

The News: Microsoft recently joined other tech giants IBM, Apple, and Alphabet (think Google) heralding a new initiative called Healthcare NExT which will combine work from existing industry players and its… Read more »

Texas reports first Zika case from local mosquito; virus is now here to stay, says WHO

Texas health officials on Monday (December 28,2016) reported the state’s first case of Zika likely spread by local mosquitoes, making Texas the second state within the continental United States to… Read more »

US dementia rates drop even as population ages; what gives?

The proportion of older Americans living with dementia fell between 2000 and 2012, according to a new study. The exact reasons for the drop aren’t clear yet, researchers say. “If… Read more »

Lilly Alzheimer’s drug, like so many others, fails; will true breakthrough happen this century?

Eli Lilly & Co. (Indianapolis RIN) said its experimental Alzheimer’s treatment failed to slow loss of cognitive ability in patients with mild symptoms, a major setback for the company and millions of… Read more »