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Health

February 10, 2015

"Prevent Alzheimer's Disease By Drinking Beer?"

Needless to say, if borne out in further testing, this could change everything.

"Ageing research: Blood to blood"

From Nature:

By splicing animals together, scientists have shown that young blood rejuvenates old tissues. Now, they are testing whether it works for humans.

As Glenn Reynolds might say, "Faster, please."

February 09, 2015

"Tackling Cancer With a New Paradigm"

This sounds very promising.

The drugs Chen refers to are a group of immune modulation agents called PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors. These are antibodies that allow the immune system to attack tumors by blocking a pathway that paralyzes the immune response, and they’ve achieved dramatic clinical trial results for melanoma.

See also "Merck's PD-1 star Keytruda shines at ASH, but lags behind Bristol-Myers' rival".

UPDATE: See also "Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer".

January 19, 2015

"How computers will replace your doctor"

I like my doctors, but the more stuff I can do for myself the happier I'll be.

For example, look at the future of the general practitioner of medicine. This is considered the epitome of the high-skilled, secure, remunerative job. Four years of college! Four years of medical school! Internship! Residency! Government-protected cartel membership!

And yet, this profession is going the way of the dodo bird.

To understand why, the first thing you need to understand is that multiple studies have shown that software is better able to diagnose illnesses, with fewer misdiagnoses. Health wonks love this trend, known as evidence-based diagnosis, and medical doctors loathe it, because who cares about saving lives when you can avoid the humiliation of having a computer tell you what to do.

January 07, 2015

"Scientists Only Just Figured Out Where Fat Goes When You Lose Weight"

I had no idea, but your mileage may vary.

January 06, 2015

"The Case Against Early Cancer Detection"

This is so different from what was drummed into me when I was younger.

January 05, 2015

"Has Stanford University found a cure for Alzheimer's disease?"

Could be huge.

Alzheimer's could be prevented and even cured by boosting the brain's own immune response, scientists at Stanford University believe.

Researchers discovered that nerve cells die because cells which are supposed to clear the brain of bacteria, viruses and dangerous deposits, stop working.

December 31, 2014

Alzheimer's: bad news and good news

A twenty-year old proposed path to a cure now seems to be a dead end: "Beta-Amyloid: The Emperor Really Does Have No Clothes".

Much better news:

"Memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s reversed for first time".

"Lost memories might be able to be restored, new UCLA study indicates".

December 29, 2014

"The pain test: Doctors have no idea how much their patients are suffering. That's about to change."

It would be very nice if they could do better than the 0-to-10 question. I never understood how I was supposed to answer that. 

December 23, 2014

"Intermittent Fasting: Who's It For? (And, if It's Not for You, What to Do Instead)"

I think it's helping me.

More: "Fasting A Couple Days A Week Could Help You Lose Weight".

And this could save people a lot of time: "Surprisingly simple tips from 20 experts about how to lose weight and keep it off".

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