John McCain, Glioblastoma & Novocure’s Electric Cancer-killing Machine

Following a blood clot removal, John McCain was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a cancer with even worse prognosis than pancreatic cancer. For decades, patients diagnosed with Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) received an almost certain death sentence, with average survival times measured in months. Yet the approval of the most scifi-esque cancer therapy to date, Tumor-treating fields (Optune,… Continue reading John McCain, Glioblastoma & Novocure’s Electric Cancer-killing Machine

Why aren’t natural products used to treat diseases?

Any person with an internet connection has heard stories about cancer-curing or fat-cutting natural products and extracts that pharmaceutical companies/doctors/etc. don’t want you to know about. While these ads are targeted at mostly vulnerable readers, there is a surprising truth behind this flood of clickbait. Consider this: Nearly 75% of all approved cancer drugs were… Continue reading Why aren’t natural products used to treat diseases?

How do we make a stand against Zika virus?

Yesterday, Julie Gerberding M.D. MPH and former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, addressed Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School about the current state vector-borne disease control (e.g. Zika virus) and the likelihood of an outbreak. Her overarching message? “It is not if… it’s when.” This statement was not a scare tactic, but… Continue reading How do we make a stand against Zika virus?

Biotech Beat: Celldex Therapeutics (CLDX)

Biotech stocks have had a rough break since the Turing fiasco in late 2015. While this negative publicity reflects a moderate amount of risk to large pharmaceutical companies with broad drug portfolios, it has created myriad investment opportunities in early stage companies. Here we discuss Celldex Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CLDX), a stock whose current drug pipeline shows… Continue reading Biotech Beat: Celldex Therapeutics (CLDX)

Which sex has it worse when it comes to cancer?

While the age-old battle of the sexes will never be decisively won, there are certain arenas where the balance is strongly tipped. Cancer risk is one of these. Check out the list below to see where each sex stands in the fight against “the worst scourge of mankind.” 1. Women suffer from more sex-specific cancers.… Continue reading Which sex has it worse when it comes to cancer?