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Caution: Caution Can Kill You

August 28, 2017

One of the most encouraging trends in health care is the emergence of the “Right to Try” movement. This is an effort to change FDA policies that keep dying patients from getting access to investigational drugs. These are drugs that have gone through initial safety studies but not the entire series of clinical trials.

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Falling Sperm Counts Could Wreck Your Retirement

August 21, 2017

For decades, studies have been showing sperm counts falling. Not everyone believed them, and that includes me. But a new study provides powerful evidence that male fertility is, in fact, falling fast all over the world.

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Is Jim Mellon the Bill Gates of BioTech?

August 7, 2017

If you live in the US or Canada, you might not know who Jim Mellon is. But in Great Britain, Mellon enjoys the kind of respect American investors had for Warren Buffet in his younger days.

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Repeal and Reform Don’t Really Matter

July 31, 2017

A lot of people are disappointed that Congress failed to repeal or replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Others are angry they even tried. My advice is not to worry too much about this particular fight. We’ve got much bigger problems.

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Coffee, Sunshine, and the Elite Healthcare Mandarins

July 24, 2017

It’s summer here in South Florida. Nearly every day, thunderstorms roll in around noon. Power surges and temporary outages caused by lightning are so frequent, I’ve stopped resetting the clock on the microwave.

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A Short Non-Update on the TAME Trial

July 17, 2017

Quite a few people have asked for an update on the Targeting Aging with Metformin (TAME) trial. If you’ve been reading my digest, you know that TAME is the effort to get metformin (the common diabetes drug) approved by the FDA as an anti-aging drug.

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The Population Implosion Will Force BioTech Innovation

July 10, 2017

Last year, we began to see articles in the press conceding that overpopulation wasn’t going to end civilization. This year, we’re seeing reports on the real population problems—depopulation and aging.

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Preventing Alzheimer’s by Treating Obesity

July 3, 2017

In the words of the virtuoso bluesman Henry Saint Clair Fredericks, “If you ain’t scared, you ain’t right.” We recognize that people who fear imaginary threats are irrational. On the other hand, it’s equally true that a complete lack of fear is irrational.

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Illinois’ Budget Problems Are America’s Budget Problems

June 26, 2017

It looks like Illinois may soon be the first state to have its credit rating downgraded to “junk” status. If you don’t know what that means, it’s beyond “broke.” The Illinois state government is already borrowing to pay its bills. Now, the cost of borrowing will become even more expensive. At some point, big lenders may simply cancel the state’s credit cards.

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Cannabis Drug Companies May Profit from Opioid Crisis

June 21, 2017

I knew that opioid abuse had attained official crisis status when the 21st Century Cures Act was passed. Intended to accelerate drug development, the act included $1 billion to treat and prevent opioid addiction.

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