June 4th 2021 June is Pride Month! 🏳️🌈 And this year, Pride Month follows a particularly tumultuous legislative period in the U.S with respect to LGBTQIA health. Recently, news about states introducing or passing legislation to restrict or ban the use of medical treatments aimed at treating transgender youth has been fast and furious. Lawmakers … Continue reading Puberty blockers are all over the news (and laws). How did they come about?
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
May 27, 2021 On Tuesday, NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci testified before the House Appropriations Committee (Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, Chair). Their testimony addressed questions on the fiscal year 2022 budget request for the NIH. This process occurs each year. (Watch the full hearing here). If we’re going to … Continue reading NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins Speaks Truth to Power
A new report from The Duke Human Vaccine Institute shows a pan-coronavirus vaccine is possible for protecting against many variants of SARS-CoV-2, including SARS-CoV-1 and bat variants.
May 21, 2021 In light of the simple fact that nonhuman animals do not have gender identity, we call on scientific journals to adopt a simple policy that ensures accuracy in publications. One line is all that is needed. "Articles about nonhuman animals should specify animals' species as well as their sex; authors should not … Continue reading Call for scientific journals to adopt accurate language about the sex of nonhuman animals
May 20th 2021Agnès Lacreuse, PhD Our world is aging at an unprecedented rate. The number of older people is projected to double every 20 years, and reach about 17% of the total population by 2050. These figures are alarming, as age is the primary risk factor for developing devastating diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD). … Continue reading Why nonhuman primates are essential for addressing Alzheimer’s disease and women’s health issues
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.