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The Tamiflu scandal will be repeated, and people will die, unless drug companies release all their data
April 13, 2014 – 11:43 pm | No Comment
The Tamiflu scandal will be repeated, and people will die, unless drug companies release all their data

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Flu is actually a pretty nasty disease. People say they’ve got “the flu” when they’ve really only got a cold, but a genuine bout of influenza knocks you off your feet for several days, and …

Tamiflu: Millions wasted on flu drug, claims major report
April 11, 2014 – 1:02 am | No Comment
Tamiflu: Millions wasted on flu drug, claims major report

 
 
 
 
 
 
Hundreds of millions of pounds may have been wasted on a drug for flu that works no better than paracetamol, a landmark analysis has said.
The UK has spent £473m on Tamiflu, which is stockpiled by …

Threatened pandemics and laboratory escapes: Self-fulfilling prophecies
April 7, 2014 – 10:44 pm | No Comment
Threatened pandemics and laboratory escapes: Self-fulfilling prophecies

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The public health danger from the escape, from laboratories, of viruses capable of causing pandemics has become the subject of considerable, well-merited discussion, spurred by “gain of function” experiments. The ostensible goal of these experiments— …

Ketamine Could Treat Depression – Illegal Drugs Do Have Their Uses
April 4, 2014 – 10:41 pm | No Comment
Ketamine Could Treat Depression – Illegal Drugs Do Have Their Uses

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
We have to overcome the stigma attached to illegal drugs and explore their medicinal potential. Ketamine could lead the way.
Could ketamine, that notorious party drug, treat depression? It seems so. Results of a new trial have …

97% Of The Time, Chemotherapy Does Not Work And Continues To Be Used Only For One Reason
April 2, 2014 – 9:36 pm | No Comment
97% Of The Time, Chemotherapy Does Not Work And Continues To Be Used Only For One Reason

 
 
 
 
 
 
Doctors and pharmaceutical companies make money from it. That’s the only reason chemotherapy is still used. Not because it’s effective, decreases morbidity, mortality or diminishes any specific cancer rates. In fact, it does the opposite. …

Smart Pill Tech Market Expected to Grow to $1 Billion by 2017
April 2, 2014 – 12:48 am | No Comment
Smart Pill Tech Market Expected to Grow to $1 Billion by 2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Smart pills are the next big thing to happen to medicine. No, taking them won’t increase your IQ, although there are many products out there that claim to do this. Smart pills are capsules or …

How Big Pharma is slowing cancer research
April 1, 2014 – 11:28 pm | No Comment
How Big Pharma is slowing cancer research

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In a March 27 article in the New England Journal of Medicine, a team led by physicians at Massachusetts General Hospital revealed that a new cancer drug from Novartis has shown exciting clinical results in a small trial of lung …

The Body’s Natural State Is Health, Not Diseased As We’ve Been Led to Believe
March 27, 2014 – 9:59 pm | No Comment
The Body’s Natural State Is Health, Not Diseased As We’ve Been Led to Believe

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
From the time we are conceived until the time we die, the cells in our bodies are endlessly working to maintain a natural state of homeostasis or equilibrium. When we turn to medicine or medical …

Can an artificial protein defeat infections by supercharging immunity?
March 25, 2014 – 9:49 pm | No Comment
Can an artificial protein defeat infections by supercharging immunity?

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Between vaccine refusal, drug resistant strains of bacteria, and the growing ranks of the immuno-compromised, it sometimes seems that we humans are losing our brief moment of superiority in the unending arms race against pathogens. …

New study shows bee venom kills HIV
November 2, 2013 – 1:55 pm | No Comment
New study shows bee venom kills HIV

 
 
 
 
We owe so much to our bees. A recent study shows another reason to thank them.
A team of researchers at Washington University in St. Louis discovered bee venom contains a toxin called “melittin” may help kill the …