Category Archives: Disease

Surprising study finds exercise creates “healthy” version of fat tissue. News comes just in time for holiday gorging.

The News: According to a timely new study, a single session of exercise may change the molecular workings of fat tissue in ways that, over time, should improve metabolic health…. Read more »

Tiny Scottish biotech TauRx lobs bomb into Alzheimer’s fracas with Phase 3 success.

The News: After countless failures, the race for a treatment saw obscure TauRx Therapeutics Ltd. (Aberdeen Scotland) sprint ahead as its Alzheimer’s drug candidate prevented the formation of Tau tangles that… Read more »

Alarming Harvard study predicts over half of US children will be obese by age 35. Time to embrace the “Nanny State?”

The News: Nearly three in five children in the US today are destined to be obese when they reach their 35th birthday, according to a new projection that Reuters reports…. Read more »

Gluten-Free: Healthy diet, harmful fad? Or just another boon for food companies.

The News: Celiac disease is real, but there’s little evidence to support non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), according to MedPage. A new post on Science-Based Medicine argues that the dietary fad is far… Read more »

FDA warns against unproven medical claims for marijuana. “Prohibition” didn’t work, remember?

The News: Four companies selling dozens of various marijuana-derived dietary supplements have been officially warned by the US Food and Drug Administration to stop plugging their products as cures for… Read more »

Liquid biopsy for cancer detection catching on fast. You choose: simple blood test, or invasive solid tissue sample?

The News: Until recently, cancer detection depended on invasive solid tissue sampling that didn’t provide a complete picture. Now, a budding cluster biotechs is making it easier to detect cancer… Read more »

John McCain in Phase 1 trial of Bexion’s solid cancer tumor candidate; Bexion who?

The News: In late September, the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCC) announced that the first clinical trials of a new drug that targets solid cancer tumors have… Read more »

Breakthrough study says blood thinners cut dementia risk by half. Message: If you start taking them, don’t quit.

The News: Anticoagulant drugs may protect against dementia as well as stroke in people with an irregular heartbeat, new research suggests. A Swedish study found that patients being treated for… Read more »