Monthly Archives: February 2012

ActRIIB – and cancer?

An interesting factoid from a talk I have seen today: an ActRIIB antagonist slows down cancer cachexia and increases survival. Something else puzzles me. The two consequences have been linked for long. Cancer-induced muscle loss is a major cause of death, or so the generally-accepted wisdom goes. By this logic, anabolic steroids would be also […]

Hospital weekends

Another article (behind paywall) in the series “get sick only during regular business hours” show that in England admission over the weekend increases patient’s chance to die by about 10% compared with those admitted during business days. Data was validated on a set of 250 US hospitals, where they found a 20% increase in risk […]