Category Archives: Disability

Op-ed piece on “Quantity- versus quality-of-life for stage IV cancer patients: What my younger brother learned first-hand and later taught me.”

The News: A new, provocative study published in March in the journal Cancer sheds some light on the relationship between patients’ belief about their likely curability and the trade-offs they are prepared… Read more »

Middle-age hearing loss linked to dementia. Say again?

The News: Hearing loss in middle age is associated with higher odds of cognitive decline and dementia in later years, suggests a large study in Taiwan. Researchers tracked more than… Read more »

Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine starting to elbow its way into media coverage; watch out you cancer “miracle cures.”

The News: A group of researchers in Spain has developed a silk biomaterial that can increase the survival of transplanted stem cells into the brain, improving recovery after a stroke… Read more »

Forget about Biogen/Eisai’s promising new drug for Alzheimer’s; Study says aggressive blood-pressure treatment with existing meds reduces dementia/AD risk.

The News: After decades of prominent failures, hope arose for a drug to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). After heightening expectations recently, Eisai Co. Ltd. (Tokyo) and Biogen… Read more »

Boomer Alert: Aging immune cells increase risk for macular degeneration, blindness. Apellis, Ophthotech to the rescue?

The News: As people age, so do their immune systems. And new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that aging immune cells increase the risk… Read more »