Author Archives: Steve Walker

Stodgy Johns Hopkins wants FDA to clear psilocybin mushrooms for depression. Here’s what you need to know (or recall) about the differences between magic shrooms and, say, LSD.

The News: Researchers from Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore) have recommended that psilocybin, the active compound in hallucinogenic mushrooms, be reclassified for medical use, potentially paving the way for the psychedelic… Read more »

Atrial fibrillation increases risk of dementia by 40%, Swedish study shows. Bring on those blood thinners, say researchers.

The News: New evidence suggests that atrial fibrillation, in which the heart has an irregular beat, is linked to an increased risk of dementia. An irregular heartbeat speeds up the… Read more »

Physician burnout taking center stage; what patients should know as burnout percentage soars.

The News: Nearly half of medical residents report burnout during their second year of residency, and 1 in 7 report regretting their career choice, according to a prospective study published online last… Read more »

Healthcare stocks bounce back Friday after really messy week, but still licking their wounds from recent global selloff.

After having their worst week in recent memory, with the NASDAQ HealthCare Index (IXHC) now down 8.6% since just Sept. 28, some healthcare stocks nonetheless blossomed with stupendous upswings. But… Read more »

Why Galapagos’s Phase 3 rheumatoid arthritis success is largely irrelevant.

The News: Galapagos NV (Mechelen BEL) and Gilead Sciences Inc. (Foster City CA) have reported positive results from a Phase 3 trial testing Galapagos’s lead drug candidate in patients with… Read more »

UK-based Arecor targets vast artificial pancreas market with fast insulin and stable glucagon. Wait; artificial what?

The News: UK biotech Arecor Ltd. (Cambridge) has raised $7.8 million (€6.7M) to help fund development of its extra-fast insulin and stable glucagon products for people with insulin-dependent diabetes. The… Read more »

Five more biotechs and one device maker close out 3rd quarter IPOs this week.

There are as many as five more biotech IPOs and one medical device maker pricing this week, raising up to $535 million. Even if two are postponed, it will still… Read more »

Eureka Thera’s CAR-T treatment shrinks liver cancer in small study. What’s the big deal? Just ask Sloan-Kettering and Germany’s Boehringer.

The News: Eureka Therapeutics Inc., a closely held biotechnology company, said that liver cancer patients getting its CAR-T therapy responded to the treatment, one of the first times the immune-system… Read more »

Researchers say autobiographical memory test may foretell Alzheimer’s risk. Study invokes friends, relatives and sparks uneasy self-reflection.

The News: Testing how well people remember past events in their lives could help medical professionals make early predictions about who is at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD), according… Read more »