June 29th 2021 The news agencies are all abuzz with the recent medical breakthrough of a dissolvable pacemaker (e.g. here, here, and here). We have yet another medical breakthrough thanks to #AnimalResearch, but as can be seen from those reports, news agencies persist in deemphasizing the vital role that research with animals played. We therefore … Continue reading #MPAR Dissolvable pacemaker developed #InAnimals
June 21st 2021 Public misinformation and disinformation can only benefit from poor descriptions and inaccurate labeling. As we have pointed out over and over again, there is a desperate need, now more than ever, to provide accurate information to stakeholders concerning how, whether and why animals are needed for and used in research. It is … Continue reading Call for transparent labeling of news and journal articles #InMice
June 3rd 2021 Recently, the FDA approved an Amgen drug, sotorasib, for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLS) with a specific mutation in a gene known as Kirsten rat sarcoma viral oncogene homolog (KRAS) in patients whose disease has worsened after treatment with chemotherapy or other medicines. This mutation accounts for 13% of NSCLS—the most common … Continue reading FDA approves lung cancer drug #MPAR
May 27th 2021 While much has been written about the various COVID-19 vaccines (prevention), including here are Speaking of Research, less emphasis has been placed on the treatment of COVID-19 patients—both earlier on in the pandemic and even at present. Part of this relates to some inherent skepticism of the value of using existing treatments … Continue reading FDA Authorizes Additional Monoclonal Antibody for Treatment of COVID-19
Comparing animal and human suffering is a complex issue. Do all animals suffer? What about invertebrates? Is all animal suffering equal? Chronic pain researcher and associate professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Dr Juan Carlos Marvizon, tries to unravel these questions.
May 11th 2021 We are starkly reminded of how sidelining science can lead to #VaccineHesitancy globally as cases of COVID-19 continue to spike, taking us further away from herd immunity and normality. We wrote about the human cost of such sidelining with regards to the US and now similar reports are emerging from Brazil and … Continue reading FDA approves Pfizer vaccine for 12-15 year olds
April 30th 2021Justin Varholick, Sangy Panicker, and Jeremy D. Bailoo TL;DR Get vaccinated, do not spread misinformation, educate your friends, family and colleagues, and confront your fears. Twenty five years ago, Andrew Wakefield published a series of fabricated studies claiming that the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine causes autism—giving birth to the modern “anti-vaxxer” movement … Continue reading #WorldImmunizationWeek 2021: Undoing #VaccineHesitancy and #AntiVaxxer Misinformation
April 29th 2021Sangy Panicker, Allyson J. Bennett, Amanda Dettmer & Jeremy D. Bailoo As we have described in our previous two posts (1, 2), the public misinformation campaigns by Andrew Wakefield exacerbated the modern day anti-vaxxer crisis as we know it. Like most issues, however, there are not only extreme cases—i.e., individuals who never or … Continue reading #WorldImmunizationWeek 2021: Addressing #AntiVaxxers, #VaccineHesitancy and #VaccineEquity