The financial implications of getting ill

In some countries, the subject of who should pay for healthcare has become a political topic. But even in the UK, where healthcare is paid for by the state, those who become ill suffer financially.

Th BBC reported on debts related to one illness, cancer.  That’s not a typo, the article is about debts, not deaths.  According to the charity MacMillan Cancer support, cancer patients often ask about debt rather than dying.  The debt is not incurred by paying for treatment, but through joblessness.

Screenwriter Joe Eszterhas once commented how difficult it was to find work when you have cancer.   Continue reading “The financial implications of getting ill”

New hope in fight against a deadly brain cancer

Former Presidential candidate John McCain was recently diagnosed with a glioblastoma.

Glioblastoma is a brain cancer with a very low survival rate.  According to the American brain tumor association, of ten people who have glioblastomas, only one is likely to survive five years.

Through manipulation of enzymes, Glioblastoma cancer cells stop the immune system from responding. But this manipulation helps them stand out from normal cells, and may provide the key to targeting cancer cells.

Researchers from Alabama and China teamed up to research this phenomena after the failure of a previous study.  This time, tests on mice and cultures suggest that a drug called CMP3a could target cancer cells without affecting normal brain cells.  They hope to perform clinical trials in “a year or two.”

While Glioblastoma is relatively rare, the same technique could be used to fight more common cancers that carry similar enzymes.

Angel investor prescribes Dr Google.

Dr Aniruddha Malpani, who describes himself as an Angel investor with Malpani Investors, is gaining a lot of attention on LinkedIn by claiming that, “Lots of #doctors don’t like patients who visit #DrGoogle, but I find these #patients are usually smarter and more proactive.” Continue reading “Angel investor prescribes Dr Google.”

Galen on the dangers of excessive exercise

We all know that “too much of a good thing is a bad thing,1” whether we watched the Karate Kid movies or not.  Working too long leads to tiredness and slows down performance, eating too much leads to health problems, and even reading too long can lead to vision problems.

What we may not realise in these days of consumer gadgets is that it is actually possible to exercise excessively.  The ancients recognised this, and they said that it was better to have a healthy body than an athlete’s body.
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Happy 14th of July! errata on the eggs story

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And sorry if this is late.  But late only counts when you have an appointment to meet, like meeting your destiny in Waterloo.

Speaking of Waterloo, our article on Napoleon seems to have hit a button.  And we even got praise from someone who considers “le petit caporal” to be a good egg. Continue reading “Happy 14th of July! errata on the eggs story”

Is healthcare Britain’s biggest worry?

If you follow the media, you’ll see that health care has become a political issue.  In the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and elsewhere, candidates lay down their plans for medicine.

As much as ten percent of political speeches are devoted to health funding, and to health infrastructure, whether it be “Obamacare” or the NHS.  But does the electorate care? Continue reading “Is healthcare Britain’s biggest worry?”