Entries by ignacioriesgo

7 days in healthcare (July 8th-14th, 2024)

Summary Biomedicine Four decades of orphan drugs. The Orphan Drug Act (ODA) was approved in the USA in 1983, due to the lack of commercial interest in the development of these drugs. The law that developed incentives for production, the duration of patents and research was a success and more than 800 indications have already […]

7 days in healthcare (July 1st-7th, 2024)

  Summary Biomedicine Anniversary of IVF. The first in vitro baby turns forty years old, with the technique becoming the new normal. After 40 years of development and 12 million children born thanks to it, the technique has reached maturity, with less invasive techniques, more effective procedures and a change in the patient profile. “Common […]

7 days in healthcare (June 24th-30th, 2024)

  Summary Biomedicine Advances in gene editing. Discovery of a new way to program DNA recombination. This increases the possibilities of the current CRISPR editing method. The new route is called the bridge RNA method. Lifestyles can compensate for genetics. Lifestyles can improve genetics by 60% and add 5 years to life. Global Health Loneliness […]

7 days in healthcare (June 17th-23rd, 2024)

    Summary Biomedicine 20 years of progress in the treatment of lung cancer. Until the 2000s, lung cancer was a lethal disease with very limited treatment options, based on platinum-based chemotherapy, which gave one-year survival in 33% of patients with advanced disease. In the last 20 years there has been incredible progress, always based […]

7 days in healthcare (June, 10th-16th, 2024)

    Summary Biomedicine 40 years after the discovery of Helicobacter pylorii. The discovery of Helicobacter pylorii 40 years ago revolutionized the treatment of gastritis, peptic ulcer and stomach cancer, leading to Barry Marshall and Robin Warren being awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 2005. This discovery transformed an incurable disease into one treatable […]

7 days in healthcare (June 3rd-9th, 2024)

  Summary Biomedicine Scientists who have revolutionized the treatment of obesity win the Princess of Asturias Award. This is the Canadian Daniel J Drucker; by the Danish Jens Juul Holst; and the Americans Jeffrey M Friedman, Joel F Habener and Stevlana Mojsov, whose research has culminated in several drugs to combat diabetes and obesity, such […]

7 days in healthcare (May 27th-June 2nd, 2024)

  Summary Biomedicine A blood test would allow predicting breast cancer: This possible advance is celebrated as a great step in the prediction of breast cancer at the Congress of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, held in Chicago. Test to detect people at high risk of prostate cancer: Current PSA tests are not specific […]

7 days in healthcare (May 20th-26th, 2024)

  Summary Biomedicine Hope for quadriplegics: A promising non-invasive technique can offer hope to quadriplegics with paralyzed legs, with something as simple as electricity and exercise. Trial with 60 patients in three countries. Promising trial in glioblastoma multiforme: A team from the University of Florida has announced the development of an mRNA vaccine. Although it […]

7 days in healthcare (May 13th-19th, 2024)

  Summary Biomedicine Other uses of weight loss drugs: Weight loss drugs can reduce heart attacks by 20%, in what could be the biggest advance in this disease since statins. Possible cheaper MRI equipment: A cheaper MRI machine can democratize access. MRIs have meant a spectacular advance in medicine by allowing images of soft tissues. […]

7 days in healthcare (May 6th-12th, 2024)

  Summary Biomedicine The enigma of the brain: The Economist highlights the enigma that the brain represents, made up of hundreds of trillions of cells that generate precise electrical impulses, which influence thoughts, memory and emotions, recommending 8 books on the subject, of which two They refer to the contributions of Ramón y Cajal, whom […]