Disease

It all began with a grand experiment involving physicians, published in the hallowed pages of the New England Journal of Medicine: a nearly miraculous halving of heart attacks among those taking a low-dose aspirin. New studies have emerged, exploring the changing tides of benefits and harms.
During my recent conversation with John Batchelor, we discussed the ongoing threat of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian flu, which has been a persistent concern, particularly in Asia, since the early 2000s. Newer variants of the virus have recently posed significant challenges to poultry farmers, especially in Northern California, where millions of birds have been culled to control outbreaks. Of particular concern has been the spread of avian flu to many mammalian species, most recently to dozens of herds of dairy cows in at least 10 states.
The silver tsunami, or America's aging population, continues to flood the roads. For seniors who might be truckin’ with a bit of physical or cognitive impairment, there may be a rising tide of concern about road safety. Only a handful of states bother to make dementia diagnoses reportable. A new study suggests this may lead to fewer, not more, reports.
COVID-19 has been particularly ruthless towards the elderly, even with those early-bird vaccinations. Turns out, it's not just about getting a little creakier or needing extra naps. Their immune systems seemed to be doing a sad little shuffle instead of the usual tango, and these dysfunctional immune responses play a leading role in the COVID-19 drama.
For many years now, bariatric surgery reigned supreme as the gold standard for weight loss interventions. It offers profound and enduring results for patients battling obesity. However, the landscape has shifted with the advent of GLP-1 medications, raising questions about the economic viability of surgical practices.
Lars Larson and I discussed on his program the distinction between eradicating and controlling viruses and the complexities of virus management posed by different viral characteristics.
Metformin has emerged as a versatile medication, showcasing its remarkable potential in combating various ailments. Recent studies have shed light on its unexpected prowess in tackling severe COVID-19 cases and mitigating viral loads, suggesting a multifaceted approach to management.
Infectious disease experts predict another coronavirus pandemic in the future, so we need to be prepared. That will require both basic research to devise improved vaccines, including "universal" ones that will provide immunity against new variants, and cooperation from vaccine manufacturers.
Parkinson's disease, with its well-known symptoms of motor dysfunction and cognitive changes, may hold a deeper narrative. Recent research delves into the connection between Parkinson's and pesticide exposure, shedding light on how genetic predispositions of lysosomes may interact with environmental toxins to pave a path toward disease.
A recent CDC report documented a case of HIV infection in three women who received cosmetic injections in 2018. Although disturbing, this news is not catastrophic, like it would have been three decades ago. AIDS is now largely a forgotten disease in the United States. How did we get here?
The progressive spread of a highly infectious strain of avian flu virus infections to more mammal species is a concern to scientists, public health officials, and farmers. However, the publicly released genomic data do not include critical information on the outbreak’s origins and evolution.
In a recent conversation with John Batchelor (CBS "Eye on the World"), we explored the resurgence of measles amidst a wave of vaccine hesitancy sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.