Category Archives: Disease

US citizen denied life-saving bone-marrow transplant from Iranian brother due to Trump travel ban. My very brief take.

The News: Maziar Hashemi, a naturalized US citizen who has lived in the US since the 1970s, has been told by doctors that his best hope for surviving a rare… Read more »

Pharma shudders as study says placebo effect real and growing.

The News: Cancer survivors may be able to manage the extreme fatigue they experience after treatment by knowingly taking a placebo pill, according to researchers at University of Alabama at… Read more »

Immuno-oncology conundrum: Stage IV patient wants cutting-edge immunotherapy, but his oncologist says no. My personal take.

The News: Four women had an extremely rare, aggressive and fatal type of ovarian cancer. There was no standard treatment. All four women, who lived in different countries, asked their… Read more »

Study says physical fitness tied to 90% drop in women’s dementia risk; that’s great, but don’t overdo it, others caution.

The News: Highly fit women in midlife were nearly 90% less likely to have dementia decades later, a prospective study in Sweden found. Over 44 years of follow-up, the adjusted… Read more »

Under the radar: Uber launches health platform to get patients to and from appointments–whether or not they have the app or a smartphone!

The News: UBER Technologies Inc. (San Francisco) is launching a new business line called Uber Health that will provide a ride-hailing platform available specifically to healthcare providers, letting clinics, hospitals,… Read more »

Study finds working the graveyard shift can have more serious health consequences than previously thought. New data should support better compensation.

The News: Night-shift work may wreak havoc with blood-sugar levels, a new study asserts. Researchers analyzed data on more than 270,000 people in the United Kingdom and found that those… Read more »

New study says family history increases breast-cancer risk, even among older women. US mammogram guidelines need updating–soon.

The News: Women are more likely to develop breast cancer when a mother or sister had this disease, and the risk associated with family history doesn’t diminish regardless of age,… Read more »