Health

"Is there a dietary treatment for multiple sclerosis?"

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.)


Two on promising developments fighting cancer

"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


"The Illness That Never Ends"

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.