• John McCain, Glioblastoma & Novocure’s Electric Cancer-killing Machine

    John McCain, Glioblastoma & Novocure’s Electric Cancer-killing Machine

    Following a blood clot removal, John McCain was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a cancer with even worse prognosis than pancreatic cancer. For decades, patients diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) received an almost certain death sentence, with average survival times measured in months. Yet the approval of the most scifi-esque cancer therapy to date, Tumor-treating fields (Optune, […]

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  • Why aren’t natural products used to treat diseases?

    Why aren’t natural products used to treat diseases?

    Any person with an internet connection has heard stories about cancer-curing or fat-cutting natural products and extracts that pharmaceutical companies/doctors/etc. don’t want you to know about. While these ads are targeted at mostly vulnerable readers, there is a surprising truth behind this flood of clickbait.  Consider this: Nearly 75% of all approved cancer drugs were discovered from natural products. The majority of […]

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  • How do we make a stand against Zika virus?

    How do we make a stand against Zika virus?

    Yesterday, Julie Gerberding M.D. MPH and former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, addressed Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School about the current state vector-borne disease control (e.g. Zika virus) and the likelihood of an outbreak. Her overarching message? “It is not if… it’s when.”  This statement was not a scare tactic, but rather a realistic summation of the […]

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  • Biotech Beat: Celldex Therapeutics (CLDX)

    Biotech Beat: Celldex Therapeutics (CLDX)

    Biotech stocks have had a rough break since the Turing fiasco in late 2015. While this negative publicity reflects a moderate amount of risk to large pharmaceutical companies with broad drug portfolios, it has created myriad investment opportunities in early stage companies. Here we discuss Celldex Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CLDX), a stock whose current drug pipeline shows tremendous and imminent […]

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  • Which sex has it worse when it comes to cancer?

    Which sex has it worse when it comes to cancer?

    While the age-old battle of the sexes will never be decisively won, there are certain arenas where the balance is strongly tipped. Cancer risk is one of these. Check out the list below to see where each sex stands in the fight against “the worst scourge of mankind.” 1. Women suffer from more sex-specific cancers. The […]

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  • A bad Fracking gamble with our health

    A bad Fracking gamble with our health

    The war over hydraulic fracturing (fracking), like most environmental issues, is more focused on propaganda than fact. Yet, unlike other fossil fuel debates, fracking is the first in which the health of everyday Amerians must be considered as a direct trade-off. Despite numerous industry assurances about its safety, the first retrospective reports on the health effects […]

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  • Want to reduce your cancer risk? Take this pill

    Want to reduce your cancer risk? Take this pill

    Recent breakthroughs in medicine have shed light on an apparent scientific paradox: While inflammation is necessary for our survival, it is also a fundamental cause of death. Long term effects of inflammation are seen throughout the body, from heart disease to diabetes to cancer. Fortunately for aspiring centenarians, a common over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medicine can reduce your risk of dying from the top three […]

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  • Part 2: Aspirin and cancer prevention

    Part 2: Aspirin and cancer prevention

    Part 1: Inflammation is a fundamental cause of death. Unaware of its beneficial effects, our ancestors only knew inflammation as the cause of pain and fever. They found a natural cure in the bark of the Willow tree. Centuries later in 1971, John Robert Vane discovered how the active ingredient from Willow bark, Salicylic acid, reduces inflammation. Salicylic […]

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  • Who’s afraid of stem cells?

    Who’s afraid of stem cells?

    The battle over stem cell research has a rich political history – one that revolves around ideals and morals rather than science. Among those most vehemently opposed to embryonic stem cell research are scientific illiterates  such as George W. Bush and conservative religious groups; individuals lacking the knowledge to make an objective decision. But beyond these misguided arguments […]

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  • Viagra – A magic blue pill discovered by chance

    Viagra – A magic blue pill discovered by chance

    Prospective drugs are doomed to fail if the first human tests prove ineffective; they are even less likely to succeed if unanticipated side effects change the patient’s quality of life. This has been the story of thousands of drug candidates – Viagra (Sildenafil citrate) among them. A unique combination of pharmacology instead rocketed Pfizer’s Viagra both […]

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