Tuesday, February 9, 2016
  1. Commuting the Motor-Neuron Death Sentence

    Krishna Chinthapalli

    Commuting the Motor-Neuron Death Sentence


     reports that stem-cell and gene therapies offer the best hope of saving the lives of ALS sufferers.

    Stem cell

    More than six decades after the American baseball player Lou Gehrig died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a degenerative disorder characterized by the death of the nerve cells that the brain uses to activate muscles, the disease remains incurable and fatal. But that may change with the advent of stem-cell and gene therapies. READ MORE

  2. Promises to Keep in 2016

    Bill Gates, ET AL

    Promises to Keep in 2016

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    &  set out the three main areas on which their foundation will focus its attention this year.

    Children playing with water

    Since the turn of the century, remarkable strides have been taken toward a world in which every person has the chance to lead a healthy, productive life. But while further progress is possible, it is not inevitable. READ MORE

  3. Getting Anxiety Right

    Joseph LeDoux

    Getting Anxiety Right


     proposes an alternative approach to treating pathological fear.

    Woman in distress

    Anxiety medications may help patients return to work, but they often do little to address the underlying problem. With many pharmaceutical companies raising a white flag, a new approach to treating anxiety may be needed, one that addresses both unconscious and conscious responses to stimuli. READ MORE

  4. The Return of Public Investment

    Dani Rodrik

    The Return of Public Investment


     holds up Ethiopia, Bolivia, and India as examples that other countries should emulate.

    Modern conveyor belt for pedestrians

    Using public investment to drive economic growth – often derisively called “capital fundamentalism” – has long been out of favor among development experts. But if one looks at the countries that, despite strengthening global economic headwinds, are still growing rapidly, one will find that public investment is doing much of the work. READ MORE

  5. The Precision Medicine Chimera

    Sandro Galea, ET AL

    The Precision Medicine Chimera

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    &  argue that better public health depends on social and economic policy, not personalized treatment.

    Medical beakers

    The US government recently issued an appeal for ideas to advance a “precision medicine initiative,” which will channel millions of dollars toward efforts to tailor clinical treatment to individual patients. But, despite its appeal, personalized medicine is unlikely to do much to improve public health. READ MORE

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