Category Archives: Disease

Theranos Pulls Zika Test from FDA Review after Problems Flagged; Anyone Else Hear a Death Knell?

Blood-testing firm Theranos Inc. (Palo Alto CA) said it voluntarily withdrew a request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for emergency clearance of its new Zika-virus blood test. Theranos… Read more »

Study Suggests Revolutionary Drug Could Benefit Patients with Early Stage Alzheimer’s

A trial of a new Alzheimer’s drug has shown it could benefit patients in the earliest stages of the disease, raising hopes that a treatment for the devastating condition may… Read more »

CDC Says Funds to Fight Zika Nearly Exhausted; “Do-Nothing” Congress on Hot Seat after Recess

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is almost out of money to fight the Zika virus, the agency’s director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, said Tuesday–just hours before Florida announced three additional, locally… Read more »

Study Says Gene Test Spots Cancer Patients Who Could Avoid Chemo

For patients facing a diagnosis of early stage breast cancer, the traditional course of treatment is typically surgery, followed by an often difficult course of chemotherapy to try to make… Read more »

New Group of Zika Cases Reported in Miami Beach

Health officials are investigating a cluster of possible Zika cases in Miami Beach, suggesting that transmission of the virus by mosquitoes is more widespread in one of the nation’s more… Read more »

China Facing Rising Epidemic of Heart Disease, Stroke: Why America Cares

A 20-year rise in cardiovascular disease (CVD) in China appears to have been spurred largely by increases in high blood pressure, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan… Read more »

HHS Can’t Wait for Congress; Shifts $81 Million from NIH for Zika Fight

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has shifted $81 million in funds from other projects to continue work on developing vaccines to fight the Zika virus in the absence of… Read more »

Four Florida Zika Cases Likely Spread by Local Mosquitoes, CDC Says

U.S. health officials said Friday that four cases of Zika virus were transmitted locally by mosquitoes in Miami, the first evidence of the virus spreading that way in the continental… Read more »

Congress Leaves Zika Measure Hanging; Then, There’s Really Bad News

Just one day after Congress adjourned for a seven-week recess without approving any of the $1.9 billion requested by the Obama administration to fund the effort to fight the Zika… Read more »

Congressional Dems, Obama Plead for Bipartisan Zika Funding

Democratic members of Congress and White House officials said the country is beyond a “day late and a dollar short” on allocating funds to combat the Zika virus in a White House conference call… Read more »