Category Archives: Disease

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 »

New Zika treatment that protects pregnant mice could help protect pregnant women, fetuses; who owns development rights?






In early studies on mice, a research team has found a Zika virus antibody that when given to pregnant animals protected their fetuses, and also protected adult mice from the… Read more »

Cempra stock tanks on FDA concerns for lead drug’s side-effects; high hopes still riding on Friday AdCom meeting






Cempra Inc.’s (Chapel Hill NC) experimental drug to treat community-acquired pneumonia, the kind recently suffered by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, causes a potentially concerning rise in liver enzymes, according to… Read more »