nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Friday, April 15, 2011

Cure For Everything Discovered

Obviously this is sarcasm.

I read dozens of news articles and research studies every day.  And every day there are at least a half dozen "breakthroughs."

Here are some from the last two days.  They all sound great, and the concept behind the proposed therapy--or cure--is novel or intriguing.

--Gene Therapy for Pain

--Pancreatic Cancer Vaccine Trialled

--Sensor Determines If Packaged Meat Has Spoiled  (it changes color in the package)

--Injectable Gel Could Spell Relief for Arthritis Sufferers  (it releases drug from the gel only when arthritis is acting up)

And, for a bit of humor,

--Human Factors/ergonomics Research Leads to Improved Bunk Bed Safety Standards

We've ALL been waiting for that one.

The problem is, historically, most of these won't pan out.  Human trials, and post-marketing research--even if the therapy gets that far--have been the downfall of most great ideas.

The gene therapy for pain will turn out to be placebo effect, the vaccine for pancreatic cancer will have some impact but cause creeping jungle rot (or something else), the gel will release too much or too little drug, and the sensor will "sorta" turn colors where you can't really tell whether it changed or not (like some of the early pregnancy tests).

So, they are fun to read about, but don't get real excited yet.

Doc D

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