September 16, 2015 - If you think of industries that are insulated from technological progress you might say insurance. And yet there are a number of technological innovations that are altering even this staid group of companies. Some of these technologies are industry bred. But the real disruptions are those that are unforeseen.
July 11, 2015 - Since penicillin first arrived on the scene we have been hooked on antibiotics to fight disease. The benefit - an incredible increase in human longevity. Antibiotics have altered our relationship with nature. But we have also through continuous use seen the erosion of antibiotic effectiveness in combating increasingly resistant bugs.
July 8, 2015 - The world map seen below shows the extent and concentration of HIV infections in human populations between ages 15 and 49. The statistics are from 2013. Estimated number of people living with the disease that year totaled 35 million. 1.5 million died in the same year and yet as bad as these statistics appear the number represents only 0.8% of adults in the demographic.
June 24, 2015 - When I was a child I didn't know anyone with a peanut allergy. At school peanut butter and jam sandwiches were standard fare for lunches. But something happened over the 60 years since my kindergarten days.
June 21, 2015 - In his latest mindshare with readers Peter Diamandis, founder of the X-Prize and Planetary Resources, to name just two of his many ventures, shares his thoughts on genomics and deciphering our personal
June 21, 2015 - The disorder, obstructive sleep apnea, affects 12 million people in the United States today. It typically causes a person during sleep to stop breathing for periods of up to 10 seconds, 5 or more times per hour. It affects men and women almost equally according to Swedish researchers.
May 13, 2015 - Back in April I had my five-year colonoscopy examination. I have to have it every five years because polyps have been detected during two tests. They were not cancerous or even pre-cancerous. But the presence of polyps, particularly adenomas, could be an early warning sign of risk for getting colorectal cancer.