Category Archives: Disease

Drug regulators in China, US and Europe out of the gates in 2020 with a whole month’s worth of action.

Slowly at first, then accelerating recently in its domestic and global footprint in drug research and regulation, China and its National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) has been on a tear…. Read more »

China’s BeiGene gets nod from FDA for lymphoma med; significance extends further than just a win for one Chinese biotech.

The News: The US Food and Drug Administration has given the green light to market a blood cancer drug from Beijing-based BeiGene Ltd., paving the way for American patients to access a Chinese… Read more »

FDA panel unanimously backs use of Amarin’s fish-oil heart drug; action could produce gigantic profit haul.

The News: Government health experts recently recommended broader use of a prescription-strength fish oil drug to help many more patients at risk for heart attack, stroke and related health problems…. Read more »

Hillary not cool with Elizabeth Warren’s “Medicare for All;” neither are many docs.

The News: Hillary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic nominee, said last Wednesday she hoped for a return to “boring, normal times” after the 2020 election, voicing skepticism of her party’s populist… Read more »

Reducing salt consumption may protect against Alzheimer’s. Considering the stakes, start now.

The News: A high-salt diet may negatively affect cognitive function by causing a deficiency of the compound nitric oxide, which is vital for maintaining vascular health in the brain, according… Read more »

Health stocks shine on Wall Street as Medicare for All shows signs of slippage.

Support for Medicare for All is showing signs of slippage as top-tier Democratic presidential candidates Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders struggle to sell the proposal without providing specifics on… Read more »

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 »