Category Archives: Disease

Who gets the best health care in America? You’re wrong; it’s prisoners. Times are a changing, as prison facilities morph into healthcare facilities.

The News: Jeffrey E. Keller, MD, FACEP, is a board-certified emergency physician with 25 years of experience before moving full time into his “true calling” of correctional medicine. In a… Read more »

First FDA-approved gene-therapy procedure for inherited blindness performed in US. Advance is fantastic news, but same quandary: Who can afford it?

The News: Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a Harvard teaching hospital based in Boston, recently became the first institution to treat a patient’s inherited retinal disorder with gene therapy. The patient,… 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 »

Innovent Biologics epitomizes how China, not Russia, quickly becoming real threat to US biotech supremacy.

The News: China’s Innovent Biologics Inc. has raised $150 million in a Series E crossover round, with Capital Group Private Markets picking up $90 million of the mega-round, according to Endpoints. The… Read more »

Apitope moves Graves’ disease candidate toward Phase 2; a primer on autoimmune disease “for people in a hurry.”

The News: Apitope International NV has taken a step closer to developing the first new treatment option in decades for thyroid disorder Graves’ disease after posting positive results in a… Read more »

Coffee drinkers stunned as new study suggests caffeine consumption worsens Alzheimer’s symptoms. Now what?

The News: Long-term consumption of caffeine would worsen the neuropsychiatric symptoms of people with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study on mice, published in Frontiers in Pharmacology. So far, many studies… Read more »

US citizen denied life-saving bone-marrow transplant from Iranian brother due to Trump travel ban. My very brief take.

The News: Maziar Hashemi, a naturalized US citizen who has lived in the US since the 1970s, has been told by doctors that his best hope for surviving a rare… Read more »