EvMed Blog

March 24, 2017

“What is evolutionary medicine?” I hear the question so often that my response has become automatic.

February 11, 2016
There are more than 7000 rare diseases, also called orphan diseases. How does one decide the threshold for considering a disease to be rare? It depends. One study found more than 296 definitions of “rare disease.” In Europe, a disease is typically considered rare if it affects fewer than 1 in 2000 people, but the most widely used definitions place rare diseases as those that affect 4 or 5 out of 10,000 people. But in today's world of population growth and virtual communities, in many ways rare diseases are becoming common.
February 4, 2016
Our bodies- from our minds to our immune systems- reflect biological adaptations exquisitely shaped by the selection processes experienced by our ancestors. This evolutionary heritage presents both opportunities and obstacles to enhancing human health in today’s world. Importantly, medicine is the study and practice of applied human biology, and as Theodosius Dobzhansky made clear in 1973, "nothing in biology makes sense, except in the light of evolution."