Category: Healthcare

Promising advances in cancer therapy

ASCO [American Society of Clinical Oncology], the preeminent medical meeting focused on cancer, took place at the start of June. It’s exciting to observe some of the promising innovations/drugs that had clinical trial data there. There are two noteworthy trends…

Smoking really is that addictive

I will never understand the appeal of smoking. It’s expensive, leaves an unpleasant scent, and eventually wreaks havoc on the body. Enough preaching. Quitting is hard. There was a nice study in NEJM looking at whether cash rewards help get…

Is our cookbook trying to kill us?

There are thousands of studies on the benefits or harms of various foods. Studies that show something (benefit or harm) tend to get media attention. Most of these have no scientific validity. A recent study looked at scientific publications showing the association…

Statistics lie

Statistics can be misleading. When drug companies market their products, the actual benefit message is not always as good as the glowing endorsement. While drug companies endeavor to do good (find new medicines/cures/therapies), they are tasked with selling their products.…

Can Ebola Become an Epidemic in the US?

Since the outbreak began in December 2013, friends have asked me about Ebola, including whether Ebola could become an epidemic in the US. Along with being scientifically fascinating, this is now a highly relevant topic. I’ve taken a few minutes…