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‘Remarkable’ immunotherapy trial changes advanced lung cancer treatment

‘Remarkable’ immunotherapy trial changes advanced lung cancer treatment

At one year, 69 percent of the patients who received pembrolizumab and chemotherapy were alive, compared with 49 percent of the patients who received chemotherapy alone.

April 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Scientists teach computers how to analyze brain cells

Scientists teach computers how to analyze brain cells

According to a new study in Cell, it may be possible to teach machines how to pick out features in neurons and other cells that have not been stained or undergone other damaging treatments.

April 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Applying Silicon Valley technology to tackle age-old diseases

Applying Silicon Valley technology to tackle age-old diseases

The gadgets, called LoaScopes, are part of a broader effort to harness technology and innovation in the U.S., including California’s Silicon Valley, to fight age-old diseases in the developing world.

April 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
Gene therapies are proving their worth, but with million dollar price tags, it’s not clear who should pay for them

Gene therapies are proving their worth, but with million dollar price tags, it’s not clear who should pay for them

Gene therapies became a clinical reality in 2017. Yet many people with rare diseases that could be treated in this way may never benefit from these therapies because they are too expensive for drug companies to develop, or too costly for the patient or health service to afford.

March 26, 2018 | By | Reply More
Reporter’s Notebook: The Tale Of Theranos And The Mysterious Fire Alarm

Reporter’s Notebook: The Tale Of Theranos And The Mysterious Fire Alarm

Theranos generated huge hype and laudatory coverage in places like The New Yorker, Wired and Fortune by selling a compelling idea — even as its PR people couldn’t show me an actual patient who had benefited.

March 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
Bill of the month: For toenail fungus, a $1,500 prescription

Bill of the month: For toenail fungus, a $1,500 prescription

The bill for the drug, Kerydin, was $1,496.09. What Gives: We’re talking about mild toenail fungus. The price tag is difficult to rationalize, experts said.

March 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
New technologies help seniors age in place — and not feel alone

New technologies help seniors age in place — and not feel alone

Voice-assistive technologies like the Amazon Echo, Google Home and HomePod are likely to play a bigger role in helping seniors age in place, especially when paired with apps geared specifically for senior living.

March 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Curing blindness with stem cells – here’s the latest science

Curing blindness with stem cells – here’s the latest science

Although scientists have previously had success isolating and maintaining retina stem cells in the laboratory, there is still more work to do before these cells can be routinely delivered to patients for treatment. The first big challenge is figuring out how treatments can safely be delivered into the patient’s eye in the right location.

March 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Training of Dr. Robot: Data wave hits medical care

The Training of Dr. Robot: Data wave hits medical care

The technology used by Facebook, Google and Amazon to turn spoken language into text, and recognize faces could help doctors combat one of the deadliest killers in American hospitals. Clostridium difficile, a deadly bacterium spread by physical contact with objects or infected people, thrives in hospitals.

February 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
What is ‘right to try,’ and could it help? – Viewpoint

What is ‘right to try,’ and could it help? – Viewpoint

Ultimately, we believe right to try is poised to give the Trump administration a political win on a popular public policy but will do little to change the status quo for terminally ill patients. Some opponents say, if anything, it could give terminally ill patients false hope for new access to drugs they already can obtain through existing FDA policy.

February 12, 2018 | By | Reply More