Predicting Alzheimer’s Disease

  Today the question of the day is whether or not you would like to know if you are going to develop Alzheimer’s Disease. A collaborative work by research groups at the University of Rochester and Georgetown University was published in Nature Medicine earlier today.  In it they describe a new blood test that allowed them predict Alzheimer’s Disease with over 90% accuracy within a 2-3 year time frame. So, the question is: would you like to know if you … Continue reading

FDA to oversee the medical apps

After few years of seeking oversight approach for certain health-related mobile applications (apps), FDA announced that it is going to apply a risk-based approach to assure safety and effectiveness of some apps – specifically, for certain moderate-risk (Class II) and high-risk (Class III) mobile medical apps. According to some experts the number of health-related apps already reached several tens of thousands. It is clear that the agency will not be able to  – and is not intending to – oversee … Continue reading

50/50 (or Your New Prognosis)

Foreword: I have written this article about two years ago, however several periodicals said that even though they like the idea, it doesn’t fit into their magazine’s/newspaper’s format.  It is a very important topic to me though, so I want to share it with as many people as possible – especially with those who are facing a life-threatening or life-altering disease. What I want to talk about is your prognosis when diagnosed with a disease.  The examples that I use … Continue reading

Positive Attitude and Health

The only disability in life is a bad attitude. ~ Scott Hamilton Biomedical scientists all over the world work tirelessly on improving health and extending life, funded by various government and private institutions and by every tax-paying person. The reason that so much time, energy and wealth are spent on the medical research is the positive notion that we will find cures for diseases and that people all over the world will be healthier. What I find ironic though, is … Continue reading