January 16, 2017
Last week, Donald Trump complained about drug prices in a press conference. Drug companies, he said, are “getting away with murder.” During that presser, pharma and biotech stocks lost over $20 billion in value. Investors should have learned an important lesson. They probably didn’t.
January 9, 2017
What’s the one medical condition most likely to kill you? If you follow statistics, you’d probably say heart disease. About one in four deaths in the US is due to the condition. Each year, more than a million Americans have a heart attack. Though heart disease tops most “causes of death” lists, far more Americans die due to the transplant organ shortage.
January 3, 2017
Just over a decade ago, gerontologists still considered aging an inevitable process largely outside the influence of medicine—but recently, many have begun to view aging as a “meta-disease” that can and should be treated.
December 19, 2016
Two weeks ago, Michael West, PhD, gave a keynote address to the World Stem Cell Summit. In it, West said that he and his collaborators are learning to unlock powers in our genomes to reverse aging and repair even major injuries.
December 12, 2016
President-elect Trump’s cabinet appointments are generating a great deal of attention and controversy. After eight years of Democrat rule, it would be foolish to expect otherwise.
December 5, 2016
Having passed the House with overwhelming support, the $6 billion 21st Century Cures Act is on track to become law. Its original purpose (before lobbyists spent more than $100 million to influence the legislation) was to accelerate the development and approval of new drugs and medical devices.
November 28, 2016
The popular story of the Thanksgiving holiday is that it commemorates the rescue of the pilgrims struggling to survive in the new world by altruistic Wampanoag Indians. This is simply not true.
November 21, 2016
Buy stock in a company. Spread lies to drive up prices. Before the lies are exposed, sell the stock. Most people think this pump and dump (P&D) strategy is how markets are manipulated.
November 14, 2016
The presidential campaign made one fact very clear. Most of the media and public aren’t focused on economic growth. They fail to see that in the end, it doesn’t matter what a candidate’s policy priorities are. Growth powers and funds everything else. Just take a look at the enormous federal deficit and you’ll see that economic health keeps taking a back seat to short-term goals.
November 7, 2016
It’s a sign of the times. The Japanese company Bibilab is selling a washable Zika protection suit. Available in three colors, the 6,600 yen ($65 US) garment isn’t a bad idea for pregnant women living in areas where mosquitos carry Zika. But in the long run, it won’t matter much.