Articles by John Easton

Shedding Light on Bladder Cancer

September 4, 2012

More than 70,000 people in the US were diagnosed with cancer of the bladder in 2009, with an estimated 14,000 people dying from the disease, according to the National Cancer Institute. Bladder cancer is the fourth most common type of cancer in men [Read more]

Beating a Parasite At Its Own Game

August 15, 2012

Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease caused by Toxoplasma gondii, one of the most common parasites in the world. It’s often carried by cats, and people sometimes get it after cleaning out a litter box. But it can also come from eating meat [Read more]

Mercy, Mercy, MRSA

July 19, 2012

In her 2010 book, Superbug: The Fatal Menace of MRSA, author and self-proclaimed “disease geek” Maryn McKenna charted the steady advance of a treatment-resistant organism which she referred to as a “crisis in many dimensions.” MRSA [Read more]


June 21, 2012

“Time is muscle,” cardiologists say. When someone has a heart attack, they don’t have much time. The longer blood flow through a coronary artery is blocked, the more heart muscle dies, and delays can mean permanent heart damage or death. [Read more]

The Western Diet’s Immune Impact

June 14, 2012

Inflammatory bowel disease is an ailment on the rise. A European study found that the incidence of IBD roughly doubled from 1990 to 2001, and even larger surges in IBD cases have been observed in areas of the United States and Europe studied since [Read more]