Mike the Mad Biologist

Category archives for Cancer

Is Science a Job or a Calling?

You might have, by now, seen that obnoxious article by Scott Kern bemoaning the sorry state of the cancer research facility at which he works. Apparently, the building is nearly empty on weekends, so people aren’t working hard enough, and thereby killing cancer patients. Rebecca sums up the tone of the article: There have been…

NIH to Get 4.2% Proposed Budget Increase

Just looked at the White House’s proposed HHS budget for 2011, and it seems like the NIH budget will increase from $30.8 billion to $32.1 billion, with over six billion spent on cancer (are you listening Orac?). Other civilian research agencies will be getting bigger increases (Intelligent Designer knows they need it) I’m feeling hopey…

When Woo-ism Meets Cancer Prevention

Friday, the NY Times described the relatively paltry efforts in cancer prevention, compared to those for heart disease. Not that researchers haven’t been busy figuring out how to prevent various cancers: Then, in 1999, he had a chance to do another breast cancer prevention trial, this time of an osteoporosis drug, raloxifene, or Evista, which…

You mean it might have to do with something substantive, like clinical trial issues? Go figure:

Yesterday’s article by Gina Kolata about cancer research mistakes a symptom–caution due to a perceived lack of funding–for the disease, which is the symbiosis between academia and the NIH. Don’t get me wrong, a lot of research should involve academics. But the priorities of NIH have become overwhelmed by the priorities of academia. I think…

I’ll have more to say about this tomorrow, but I wanted to draw your attention to an article in today’s NY Times that is critical of cancer research by Gina Kolata. Here’s a snippet:

“Could You Patent the Sun?”*

Probably not. But genes linked to a high risk of breast cancer?

In a Journal of Infectious Diseases commentary about this article, there’s a fascinating discussion of the relationship between the HTLV-1 virus, which can cause T-cell leukemia in about one percent of those infected, and gastric cancer caused by the bacterium Helicobacter pylori. And it’s not what you would expect.

Influenza and Low Hanging Fruit

In response to this post about annual influenza (also crossposted here), I received several emails and comments that missed the whole point. I am not denigrating the importance of ‘other’ diseases. AIDS and cancer are worth curing and preventing. My point about influenza is that preventing most of the deaths can be thought of as…

Ideologies Have Consequences: the HPV Vaccine

I want to follow up on a point Amanda made in response to my post about the Texas plan to immune all girls against HPV. (Maybe between the two of us, we’ll rub some good points together and come up with an idea…) Amanda writes (italics mine):