Microsoft has vowed to “solve the problem of cancer” within a decade by using ground-breaking computer science to crack the code of diseased cells so they can be reprogrammed back to a healthy state.
Ignore the gratuitous slam of pharmaceutical companies near the end and enjoy both a mom's fierce struggle to help her daughter combined with an interesting meditation on what should qualify as scientific truth.
(I note that while the author makes a fine case for loosening the standard in the case at hand, there is a good reason why scientists have that standard: loosening it would force consideration of a whole lot more nonsense. We need to compare the benefits and costs of changing the standard and there are formidable obstacles to that. Life is difficult sometimes.)
"Cancer drug 'like taking Panadol' developed in Australia, given fast-track approval in US".
A revolutionary drug that melts away cancer in some stage four patients has been given fast-track approval in the United States.
"Patients with advanced lymphoma in remission after T-cell therapy".
Patients who received a dose of CD19-targeted, defined-composition-engineered T cells after chemotherapy went into complete remission
Which isn't much, but, like chicken soup, it couldn't hurt.
Kevin D. Williamson's gorgeous rant, "The real scandal of EpiPen pricing".
Nobody, anywhere, at any time, has ever in a moment of mortal terror cried out: “For God’s sake, is there a politician in the house?” You know how many treatments for anaphylaxis have been produced by politicians over the course of human history? Zero.
I had noticed this myself, but thought I was just weird. Now I think it's just weird that it seems to work.
From Examine.com, "Your Unbiased Source on Nutrition and Supplements":
There are no studies that indicate any long-term health risks from drinking diet soda. . . . There is no evidence that diet soda inhibits fat loss, or that it even spikes insulin levels to levels that would be detrimental to health.
If things are going too well for you, if you're too happy, this piece on viral infections will help bring you right down.
Murray could only conclude one thing: the effects of the West Nile virus were lasting for a really long time in otherwise healthy individuals. The root cause remained a mystery. She didn’t know whether the symptoms were the result of the body’s immune response gone haywire or whether some people still harbored remnants of the initial infection that triggered ongoing symptoms.
GlaxoSmithKline expects to file for FDA approval this year. The new vaccine supposedly is 97% effective, whereas the current vaccine is about 50% effective.