• 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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  • Don’t call it a comeback – rethinking, drug repurposing

    Don’t call it a comeback – rethinking, drug repurposing

    The next big cancer drug may already be stocked on our pharmacy shelves without us even know it, ready to take a punch out of some new disease! Here, we consider the robust potential of drug repurposing (AKA drug repositioning, re-profiling, re-tasking or therapeutic switching). Even prior to dawn of modern medicine, it was common practice to investigate if […]

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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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  • A real skinny pill emerges

    A real skinny pill emerges

    In an ironic twist of science and history, people once had access to the most coveted of all medicines – the ultimate skinny pill. This chemical could shed pounds without so much as lifting a finger. It was so effective that it was eventually banned by the FDA. Now researchers are on the brink of introducing a new “skinny pill” […]

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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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  • Home-brewed Heroin? Q and A with a synthetic biologist.

    Home-brewed Heroin? Q and A with a synthetic biologist.

    Researchers are reporting that they have made significant strides in engineering yeast to efficiently produce Opioids (a drug class that includes morphine and heroin). Interestingly, these yeast strains are quite similar to those frequently used by individuals to brew beer or make pizza dough –raising concerns as to whether or not this biotechnology can one day be misused to […]

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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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  • Rabid Ferrets – still not a threat to NYC

    Rabid Ferrets – still not a threat to NYC

    The New York City board of health today voted to uphold an existing 16 year-old ban on pet ferrets. The board members who voted to maintain the ruling stated that they were concerned that these reputably crafty mammals could get loose and act as carriers for the rabies virus. But how realistic is this concern?  […]

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  • The best way to restore youth? Virgin blood.

    The best way to restore youth? Virgin blood.

    We’ve all smirked at the childhood fairy tales of Countess Bathory, a Hungarian Noble who sought to restore youth by bathing in the blood of virgin girls. While she was resigned to history as a perverse serial murderer, new research suggests that she may have been incredibly close to discovering the fountain of youth. In fact, had she […]

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