Is Turmeric Really a “Miracle Cure”?

The Times of India reports a “strong demand” for the spice known as turmeric. At an auction in the town of Erode, 70 percent of the supply was sold within a day.Turmeric is a spice used in curries and other ethnic cuisines – but it is also gaining...

A Possible Cancer Vaccine Is On The Horizon

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine recently announced the results of a study in which they were able to eliminate all traces of cancer in laboratory mice by injecting tiny amounts of “two immune-stimulating agents” into their tumors. Furthermore, the injection appears to be effective in treating...

The Flu Pandemic of 1918: Could it Happen Again?

One hundred years ago, the major powers of Europe were still locked what was then known as the “Great War,” while the U.S. was gearing up to enter the conflict. Ultimately, the First World War would result in the deaths of 20 million people. However, a virus was spreading...

New Hope for Alzheimer’s Victims: A “Brain Pacemaker”

A research team at Ohio State University's Wexler Medical Center reports promising results in a recent study on slowing the decline of cognitive skills associated with dementia. The findings appear in the current issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.Currently, there is no such device as a “brain pacemaker,”...

A Record Number of FDA Drug Approvals May Lower the Cost of Some Medications

Due in large part to the “21st Century Cures Act,” 2017 has seen the highest number of new drugs granted FDA approval than in any single year since 1996. According to a financial analyst at a Mumbai-based securities firm, there were between 750 and 800 ANDA (abbreviated new drug...

Triple-Action Diabetes Medication Promises to Reverse Alzheimer’s Disease, New Study Finds

New research published this month in Brain Research indicates that a type of diabetic drug, known as a GLP-1 receptor agonist, may help to reverse Alzheimer's-related memory loss and provide new treatments for other chronic neurodegenerative diseases.GLP (“Glucagon-Like Peptide”)-1 is an important hormone that stimulates the production of insulin...

Gaming Industry Lobby Goes on the Attack Over WHO Classification of “Gaming Disorder”

Considering that the global games market is a multi-billion dollar industry, reaction to the World Health Organization's recent classification of “gaming disorder” as a form of mental illness was predictable. The Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the industry's primary lobbying organization, has gone on the attack, criticizing Gaming Disorder and...

“Gaming Disorder”: Is it a Form of Mental Illness, or a Symptom of Something Else?

Starting in 2018, the World Health Organization will include “gaming disorder” in its list of mental illnesses. This has rekindled a debate over whether people who play online or computer games obsessively are truly suffering from a form of addiction, or if it is symptomatic of an underlying psychological...

Vitamin D and Calcium Supplements May Not Help Seniors Avoid Brittle Bones, Says One Study – But a Prominent Orthopedic Surgeon Disagrees

A study from China published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that older adults who routinely take Vitamin D and calcium in order to ward off osteoporosis and loss of bone mass may be wasting their money. However, some osteologists in this country disagree.On...

Florida Biotech Company NextSource Rebrands a 40-Year Old Life-Saving Cancer Drug, Then Raises the Cost by 1400%

In September, cancer patient Gary Gratzer's physician prescribed a medication known as lomustine. This drug, developed over four decades ago, is normally administered after a patient has undergone surgery or radiation therapy for a brain tumor. However, when the Gratzer family was told that their out-of-pocket cost was going...