Category Archives: Disease

Zika Funding Plan Announced By Obama Officials; But Why the Long Delay After Congress Finally Voted Them?

US health officials outlined on Tuesday (October 18, 2016) how they planned to divide up $1.1 billion in funds approved by Congress to fight the Zika virus, including repaying $44.25… Read more »

Bristol Myers Clobbered as Cancer Drug Disappoints; Rival Merck Unanimous Winner at Medical Conference

New data are likely to prompt doctors to abandon Bristol-Myers Squibb Co.’s (New York City) immunotherapy Opdivo in favor of Merck & Co.’s (Kenilworth NJ) rival Keytruda in a large… Read more »

Theranos Pivots From Blood Tests to New Lab Product; Will “Phoenix” Effort Succeed?

Beleaguered startup Theranos Inc. (Palo Alto CA) will close its blood-testing labs and fire about 340 workers, shifting its focus to an experimental technology following months of run-ins with regulators and… Read more »

Danger of Superbugs Finally Gets Attention, But Not Much Action

Common infections such as pneumonia, gonorrhea, and post-operative infections, as well as HIV, tuberculosis and malaria, are becoming increasingly hard to treat because of antimicrobial resistance. And there is now… Read more »

Congress Finally Ends Row Over Zika Funding; Months of Lost Vaccine Progress a Shameful Legacy

More than eight months after the White House first asked for it, Congress has finally agreed on some funding to help fight the Zika virus and study its effects. President… Read more »

It’s the 11th Hour and Congress Still Bargaining Over Zika Funding; Nation’s Health Lies In The Balance

Congressional negotiators on Monday pressed to wrap up a must-do spending bill to prevent an election-season government shutdown and finally provide money to battle the threat of the Zika virus,… Read more »

CDC Director Warns Zika to Be Sobering, Endemic US Problem; Congress Finally Showing Signs of Action.

A likely surge this fall in the number of US infants born with grave defects will serve as a sobering admonition to members of Congress who’ve stalemated over funds to… Read more »

Regular Exercise Saves $2,500/Yr for People with Heart Disease; That’s Real Money for Most of Us.

Getting recommended levels of exercise weekly may help keep down annual medical costs both for people with and without cardiovascular disease, according to new research in Journal of the American Heart Association. Patients… Read more »

U.S. Study Raises New Concern for Zika Spread; Congress Back, but Just 19 Days Left to Solve Zika Funding Impasse.

According to a Reuters report, a new study has found genetic fragments of Zika in the eyes and the tears of laboratory mice infected with the virus–a finding that offers… Read more »

Good News for Mylan after Hellish Week: Another Win in Patent War Over MS Drug; Lawyers on Both Sides Rejoice.

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Petach Tikva ISR) had a third patent on its top-selling multiple sclerosis drug, Copaxone, invalidated last Thursday by a U.S. agency, a further blow to its… Read more »