Celebrity Oncologist Heads New Immunotherapy Startup: Physician and Pulitzer Prize winning author Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee is teaming up with Boston-based Pure Tech Health to develop immunotherapy technology. His startup, Vor, plans to use reengineered T-Cells to target cancer, a method that other companies have successfully leveraged to fighting leukemias and lymphomas. (STAT News)
Mental Health Outcomes and Costs: The Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker published a series of charts meant to explore the “prevalence, outcomes, costs, and access to care associated with common mental health and substance abuse disorders in the United States.” Among other things, the charts show that “mental health and substance abuse disorders are the leading causes of disease burden in the U.S.” and that we spend approximately $80 billion of our total health spending on treating mental illness. (Peterson-Kaiser Health System Tracker)
New York Times Magazine on the “Anatomy of Cancer”: The NYT published a Health Issue this week that focuses on Cancer. Highlights from the issue include:
What Kills Americans: This week Vox published an interactive map of death trends. The map charts 20 categories of disease deaths (as well as deaths from external causes) and illustrates how our risk of dying from each changes as we age. (Vox)
Second Skin Technology Out of MIT: Researchers at MIT, MGH, Olivo Labs and Living Proof have developed a new “second-skin” polymer that mimics the properties of youthful skin. The potential medical applications for this new product are exciting, and include drug delivery and treatments for skin conditions. With that said, the media is in a frenzy over the potential cosmetic applications for the product. Playfully dubbed “Spanx for the face” by writers at The Scientific American, photos of the product have already demonstrated the ability to compress and tighten skin around the eyes. (MIT News)
Abby Ballou is the managing editor of MedTech Boston. She has a B.A. and M.Phil in English literature from NYU and the CUNY Graduate Center, respectively. When she isn't writing and editing for MedTech Boston, Abby enjoys reading, rock climbing, watching classic movies and listening to opera.
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