Edwin Hardeman’s case against Monsanto started as a personal search for accountability. In court, it cracked open a trove of incriminating evidence against the company that sets the stage for a clutch of other cases alleging the blockbuster Roundup weed killer caused cancer…

In 2006, warning labels from suppliers classified talc as “possibly carcinogenic” when used as a genital antiperspirant/deodorant. Baby Powder hawker Johnson & Johnson knew this—and that talc contained small amounts of asbestos–but doubled down on marketing the product…

What if the answer to cancer was to manage it, rather than try to cure it? After all, a similar approach succeeded in keeping diamondback moths at bay, reasoned Richard Gatenby. The radiologist and Darwin enthusiast had heard of the critters destroying crops, and coming…

Malarial therapy was first touted by Henry Heimlich—of the choking maneuver fame—who injected AIDS and Lyme disease patients with parasites to stimulate the immune system. After the CDC discredited the procedure in the 1990s, Heimlich moved clinical trials to Mexico and…

Amid a spiraling Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, traditional healers remain the front line of medicine, raising concern about their outsize influence. In Africa there are 80X more traditional healers than medical doctors, writes Donald G. McNeil, Jr…

In Botswana, cancer patients camp out in referral hospitals for up to weeks, waiting to be seen. The largest referral hospital has just one medical oncologist.   Some travel ~500 miles to get there, some toting their medical records in plastic bags. Endless rounds of…

Cancer death disparities between African Americans and whites narrowed significantly in the last 30 years. In 1990, the “excess risk” in cancer mortality for black people was 47%. A recent American Cancer Society study found that number dropped to 19% by 2016.   The dive is…

The US cancer death rate has declined for 25 years—dropping 27% between 1991 and 2016—thanks to early detection and more people passing on smoking, an American Cancer Society report released yesterday shows.  

Despite decades of investigation, no one really knows why hotspots of certain cancers exist. For example, a worldwide average of 5.9 people per 100,000 develop esophageal cancer each year, but in Malawi that number is 24 in 100,000.   To solve these mysteries, the…

Manufacturing antibiotics is tricky: They’re as pricey to make as any other drug but, unlike meds for cancer or chronic illnesses, they’re curative. That means limited doses are required for success. Their profitability is also curbed by antibiotic resistance that forces…