Interesting. Apparently, as has been the case in other instances recently--proper diet, climate change, among others--the science is not "settled".
For one objection, Hatfill wants it known that, while it must be emphasized that airborne droplet and particle transmission between humans has not been evident in this outbreak, aerosol droplet transmission of Ebola virus has been shown in animal studies. “It is therefore irresponsible for government health officials to emphatically state that aerosol transmission does not occur,” he writes. He also believes the argument against a national quarantine is “inexcusable in light of the size of the current West African epidemic.”
But the politics are the same as almost always: "Life-saving drugs and deadly delays".
Three cheers for Obamacare!
Not that any of my regular readers would believe, for one single second, the Liberals' new line that Republican funding cuts are responsible for us not curing Ebola, but just in case, see Walter Olson's short piece.
See also Nick Gillespie, "Can You Blame Ebola Outbreak on "Republican Cuts" to Health Budgets?" and Bobby Jindal, "The Facts About Ebola Funding".
This is so true:
The conflicting messages have left many patients bewildered. After years of educational campaigns saying that early detection saves lives, it's no wonder that some people view recommendations to cut back on cancer screenings as dangerous, or veiled health-care rationing.
When I was a kid it seemed like at least once a week--sometimes, once or more per day--there was an ad on TV from the American Cancer Society telling us how very, very important early detection of cancer was.
A spoonful of yogurt could soon offer a cheap and simple way to screen for colorectal cancer.
Sangeeta Bhatia, a professor at MIT, is working to replace costly and uncomfortable colonoscopies and MRIs with a helping of yogurt followed by a urine test—a cheap method that could improve the early diagnosis of colorectal cancer.
Bhatia is developing synthetic molecules that can be introduced into the body via yogurt, and will interact with cancer in a way that produces telltale biomarkers. These molecules can then be detected easily when passed in urine.
"As recently as a generation ago, it would have seemed totally crazy to suppose that aging could be “cured.” Now curing aging seems, well, only somewhat crazy."
Private actors and actions are enormously powerful:
Fortunately, when the market doesn’t provide the right incentives, philanthropic groups have a unique opportunity to spur advances in treating diseases that affect millions but might otherwise be ignored.
Thiel believes there will be a cure for cancer in the next 20 years, and that a cure for Alzheimer’s is within reach. Immortality, he allows, may take a little longer. . . .
‘There are many arguments against life extension, and they all strike me as extraordinarily bad: it’s not natural; there will be too many people; you will be bored. But I don’t think it would be boring at all.’ He pauses. ‘People always say you should live your life as if it were your last day. I think you should live your life as though it will go on for ever; that every day is so good that you don’t want it to end.’
Related: the story of Rex Sinquefield, single-handedly trying to revive interest in the U.S. in chess.
Needless to say, bring it on!
Imperial College has discovered how to turn off an enzyme which is driving many incurable diseases.
The NMT enzyme makes irreversible changes to proteins which stop damaged cells from dying and, instead, speeds up their replication, causing cancer.