Alzheimer’s drug promising? Page 1. Alzheimer’s drug not so promising? Page B12

Not sure how STAT played this on their site. In the the print version of The Boston Globe, it ran it on A1 Thursday Hopes rise again for a drug to slow Alzheimer’s disease The follow-up in today's print edition ran on B12, with this headline: Interpreting an Alzheimer's trial. Have yet to find in on … Continue reading Alzheimer’s drug promising? Page 1. Alzheimer’s drug not so promising? Page B12

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UMass doc comments on pediatricians statement re: plastic food containers

Umass doc weights in on this. Also see research from Silent Spring Institute. AAP release here.   From Times: “Because hormones act at low concentrations in our blood, it is not surprising that even low-level exposures to endocrine disrupters can contribute to disease,” said Laura N. Vandenberg, an assistant professor in the department of environmental health … Continue reading UMass doc comments on pediatricians statement re: plastic food containers

Make your own #pharmaceuticals Thursday at the #CambSciFest

Probably not, but you never know. Maybe someone will get lucky. Also know that today's (Thursday) cancer mini-golf tournament is rescheduled to Friday. Be a Medicine Hunter April 19 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Novartis, 22 Windsor St. Cambridge USA  Novartis scientists are hunting for new medicines that will change the practice of medicine and improve patients’ lives. Meet … Continue reading Make your own #pharmaceuticals Thursday at the #CambSciFest

TALK: Toward Early Detection and Treatment of Ovarian Cancer

4 p.m: "New Approaches for Finding Tiny Tumors: Towards Early Detection and Treatment of Ovarian Cancer."   Angela Belcher.   Dana Farber:  Jimmy Fund Auditorium, 35 Binney St.   Details.  

Could the decline in #prostatecancer diagnoses usher in an increase in death rates? #cancer screening

There are a lot of problems with cancer screening. Explaining and understanding the calculus behind the tests is not easy.  Suffice to say that early detection is generally not the life saver we thought it would be. Now comes a steep decline in prostate cancer diagnoses. Harvard's Meir Stampfer asks where that's good news or bad … Continue reading Could the decline in #prostatecancer diagnoses usher in an increase in death rates? #cancer screening

Two babies, two rattles, one heart. The complicated decision to separate conjoined twins when only one will survive

Oscar J. Benavidez, MD, the MGH pediatric cardiologist  involved in a difficult separation of conjoined twin girls, remembers a painful moment on the day of surgery. When the joined babies were rolled into the OR, each was holding a rattle. He and the others knew: only one of them would leave the operating room alive. … Continue reading Two babies, two rattles, one heart. The complicated decision to separate conjoined twins when only one will survive

Selkoe to discuss #amyloid and #Alzheimer’s in wake of another disappointing drug study

A recent story in The Atlantic asks "Is the Leading Theory About Alzheimer's Wrong?" For years, scientist have been arguing about whether amyloid protein in the brain is a cause,or just a symptom of condition.  Pharma has been confident -- or desperate -- enough in the science to bet on amyloid clearing drugs, but they … Continue reading Selkoe to discuss #amyloid and #Alzheimer’s in wake of another disappointing drug study