As humans, we often take many things in life for granted, including the ability to breathe. But for many people, this seemingly small capacity is not so minor. Asthma afflicts approximately 300 million worldwide, of which a substantial fraction are children. The condition has no cure and like many chronic […]
A study was recently published which claimed that there is a lack of association between cardiovascular disease (CVD) and total cholesterol; the authors even went on to claim that higher levels of cholesterol may prolong life and suggest that lowering cholesterol via medication is useless. This view is not only extreme, but also garnering a lot of criticism. Statins are commonly prescribed to mitigate symptoms associated with many different disorders, such as hypertension, diabetes and peripheral artery disease (PAD). For now, the jury is out on whether or not the study carries any weight, as a substantial amount of evidence will need to be collected before physicians give up on statins.
Considering food through the lens of materials science might initially seem strange, but if you imagine food items as collections of gels, emulsions and foams, you can begin to see how the concepts of materials science could change how we prepare, store and improve our foods. Moreover, there are numerous structuring processes that go into the creation of foods and most companies desire that these processes will result in food that is standardized, safe and appealing for consumers. But food can be so much more than standard and appealing.
In June 2015, the FDA revoked the “generally recognized as safe” status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs). The FDA gave food manufacturers three years—until June 18, 2018—to remove all PHOs from their products. Because of the potential health risks of eating partially hydrogenated oils, including heart disease and obesity, most […]
The following is a guest post by Alan S. Louie, Ph.D., Research Director at IDC Health Insights. Companies in the life sciences are well along the path to industry transformation in the shadow of blockbuster patent expirations. Changes in the industry have been unusually dramatic and swift, resulting in core […]
For many cancer patients, coping with the consequences of chemotherapy treatment can be as much of a challenge as living with the disease itself. Some potentially useful chemotherapeutic agents are so toxic to healthy cells that they cannot be directly administered to patients. By conjugating these drugs to monoclonal antibodies […]
The issues surrounding psychiatric disorders have long been swept under the rug, but the conversation about mental illness is finally opening up. From classrooms to research labs to the halls of Congress, people are searching for solutions to this public health crisis. Scientists are seeking innovative new treatment options that […]
Times have certainly changed for the gas and oil industry. Long gone are the days of the economic boom fueled by hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking. Plummeting prices of crude oil have caused global market volatility, resulting in companies having to downsize. This decrease in workforce, combined with the […]
“Personalized medicine” is an increasingly popular catchphrase in modern health care and advocates of this approach argue that doctors should not assume that one treatment will work for every patient with a certain disease or condition. Instead, it’s believed that doctors should prescribe individualized medical treatments based on an evaluation […]
A recent report highlights the ongoing problem of 67% of metal cans containing bisphenol A (BPA), which may have the potential to negatively affect hormonal systems. While there’s no concrete proof that it actually causes harm in humans, many individuals remain concerned that the chemical can transfer from the container to the food, and then from the food into the human body. Faced with mounting pressures, CPG firms have been investigating BPA alternatives for their food packaging.