Why expertise is important in guiding treatment planning, myeloma research, and much more

A new book, “The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters,” highlights the disconcerting rise in anti-expertise sentiment in the U.S. In the era of Wikipedia and Google, everyone can be his or her own “expert.” The bounty of information available is a positive development. But the notion that experts can be wrong and therefore cannot be trusted is a dangerous one.

Global Collaboration Essential to Achieve a Cure for Myeloma

“Our primary objective is to cure myeloma by preventing malignant transformation in patients at risk.” Those are the words of Bruno Paiva, principal investigator of our Black Swan Research Initiative® (BSRI) project in Pamplona, Spain. To truly achieve this, the 200-plus members of the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) are collaborating on and implementing multiple research projects around the world.

The importance of facts in science: the Black Swan Research Initiative search for the cure moves ahead

The IMF’s Black Swan Research Initiative® took a major step forward this week in its mission to achieve a cure for myeloma. A study published in the journal Leukemia definitively establishes Next Generation Flow (NGF) as a highly sensitive, fully standardized approach for Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) detection in myeloma. This method, the study’s authors write, “overcomes the major limitations of conventional flow-MRD methods and is ready for implementation in routine diagnostics.”

Real Food for 2017

 
As many of you know, I have written close to 20 blog posts about food (available here), a favorite topic.  The subject has been in the news so often lately that it seems like a good time to update my comments.

The good and the good for 2017: how results of the SWOG 0777 trial and serum Freelite testing can help myeloma patients

I often discuss the good and the bad in the news. But I thought it would be great to start 2017 with just the good! The SWOG 0777 trial results, recently published in The Lancet, and serum Freelite testing, just published in Blood, will help day-to-day care of myeloma patients in a variety of ways. Both studies are considered important and have accompanying commentaries or editorials in the journals reflecting that. In a year-end review to be published shortly in Nature Reviews Clinical Oncology, the SWOG 0777 study is identified as the major “practice changing” trial for 2016.

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