This article, which is a first-hand account by Christopher Gerry, a fourth-year chemistry grad student at Harvard, of his journey through the entire process of stem cell donation. The article was originally published on the Harvard Science in the News website.
1. Recycling My Own Blood
This article, which is a first-hand account of Dr. Christopher Gerry's journey through the entire process of stem cell donation, was originally published on the Harvard Science in the News website.
1. Recycling My Own Blood
A beam of light is 94% accurate at determining if a mosquito is infected with Zika.
It’s Memorial Day weekend - the three days that serve to honor our military and remember those that gave their lives for our country. It is also the unofficial kick-off off summer fever. The warm summer evenings by the lake and the barbeques in the park bring with them an unfortunate consequence - bug bites. And, in certain areas of the world, being bit by a mosquito is more than just a nuisance. It is a major health risk.
Does Geisinger Health System's latest pitch to offer DNA sequencing as part of routine testing at the primary care visit promise more than it can deliver?
Did you notice this week the media reporting that the Supreme Court is allowing a class action suit involving eyedrops to go forward? My colleague, Eric Leif has written on the case previously. Briefly, the patients, now plaintiffs contend that eye drop manufacturers deliberately make eye drops too large resulting in wasted drugs and expenses running down their cheeks. Four of these suits have been dismissed, but this current one is moving forward.
New research concludes that the poorest people in the world will be affected the most by higher CO2 levels, which may decrease the nutritional quality of rice. This conclusion, however, is based on at least two flawed assumptions.
The American Council on Science and Health Young Scientists in America program is a series of internships in specific fields specifically designed for younger scholars who intend to go into science or medicine but won't have advanced degrees yet. These are research or science journalism projects related to our work educating the public about important science and health issues.
Dupixent, a drug that already works miracles for people with eczema, has been found to be very effective for treatment of severe asthma. Nothing else does this. Keep this in mind the next time you think that the pharmaceutical industry is not innovative.
A quick review of the fraud allegations levied against CVS Caremark, one of the largest providers of prescription services in the US by the Department of Justice. Spoiler alert - it is going to cost us no matter how the case is decided
There is a common complaint I get from the public: scientists who know the most about a topic are often the least able to give people a straight answer.
We know this is true, but we also know science can be complex. We all want the easy narrative, the definitive response, but that is not always realistic.
However, it is almost always necessary because regulations will happen.
Given the thoroughly unscientific and litigious milieu in which we live, companies find themselves scrambling to appease the uneducated Twitter mob and apologizing for being in business. That's why it's such a breath of fresh air when a company stands up to the hysteria and gives a full-throated endorsement of science.
"There’s no pill or capsule that can replace your sunscreen."
And with that straightforward comment, part of a written statement from Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, the Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to purchase alleged sun-protection supplements from four companies because they do not work.
In addition, the public needs to be warned that taking these products misleads consumers and delivers a "false sense of security," which puts "people at risk."
Society often pathologizes normal development. When this is done, a medicine must be made for treatment (needed or not). The FDA just called out a group of over-the-counter drugs for being harmful and without benefit for such a condition - this time it's infant teething.
For most of our evolutionary history, humans worried about food — finding and eating food were constant and dangerous struggles. Death was always near.
Three companies involved in kratom supplements have received warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for illegally selling unapproved drug products containing kratom, not to mention claims that they help in the treatment of opioid addiction and withdrawal, treat pain, and can aid in other medical conditions like lowering blood pressure, treating cancer and reducing neuron damage caused by strokes.
For people with celiac disease, gluten enemy #1. For some celiac patients, an exposure to gluten can make them sick for days with pain, vomiting and diarrhea while causing intestinal damage. And, maintaining a 100% gluten free diet can be challenging, creating a great need for therapeutics to help keep the body free of gluten, even if a mistake happens.
The ingratitude expressed by the National Science Foundation over a huge funding increase for an important project is inexplicable.
There is crazy and there is crazy. This is both. Researchers in China are exploring herbs and acupuncture to treat pain and perhaps mitigate the carnage of the opioid fentanyl crisis. Where does the fentanyl come from? China. Go figure.
We need to control pharmaceutical prices. FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb has a number of proposals, but we need to make sure that they are both practical and effective.