Author Archives: Randy Osborne

ASCO strides provide cold comfort

This isn’t exactly “funny” – nothing about cancer is – but during the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Chicago I couldn’t help noticing the multitude of hand-sanitizer vending devices posted around McCormick Place. They seemed … odd…

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Bug Juice: Antibiotics’ Slow Drip Turns to Flow

I’m terrified of hospitals. Not so many years ago, this would have been an absurd remark. With doctors and high-tech medical care all around, a hospital seemed like one of the safer places in the world to be. But then,…

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Spittin’ Image: Or, How I Am Probably Going to Die

“Once you obtain your genetic information, the knowledge is irrevocable,” warn the service terms at saliva-testing firm 23andMe.com. The news wasn’t so bad, except for Alzheimer’s. Also, I’m sort of related to Stephen Colbert. Of course, 23andMe, of Mountain View,…

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Oh, Give it Iressa! Nope: ‘Bad Pharma’ Firms Need to Tell More

So urgently did I think I wanted to read Ben Goldacre’s Bad Pharma, that I ordered it from Amazon’s UK site last November, unwilling to wait for U.S. publication – which happened just as I reached the end, polishing off…

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‘Fast’ Progress: Ampligen Activist Ends Hunger Strike

Robert Miller, the patient advocating for Hemispherx Biopharma Inc.’s Ampligen (rintatolimod) for chronic fatigue syndrome by going on a hunger strike in protest of the FDA’s complete response letter, ended the hunger strike over the weekend. Progress was made, he said,…

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On the ‘Gom-Boo,’ Ampligen, and Holding Out Hope

About a week ago, my obituary arrived by email. But something related, which you might think is weirder, happened Tuesday afternoon, and all of it involves chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), and Hemispherx Biopharma Inc.’s drug candidate for it, Ampligen. More…

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In Kidney, the Name Game not Just ‘A-Cute’ Switcheroo

I was on the phone last week with Rick Andrews, president and CEO of Thrasos, about acute kidney injury (AKI), and how it’s no longer called “acute renal failure,” the latter phrase having been scrapped in recent years. Cynics might…

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