2. Cancer immunotherapy: Dr. Ralph Steinman spent his career conducting research on how to reprogram the body's immune cells to defeat cancer. When he contracted pancreatic cancer, he used himself to test his theory of concocting treatments from the body's own ingredients. His efforts netted him the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine — three days after the disease had claimed his life. Although it didn't save him, Steinman's work blazed a path that will yield a wave of new cancer treatments that mobilize patients' own immune systems. And these treatments could be game-changers in a field that sorely needs them.
1. Another fad diet: Had enough of the Atkins? Done with Dukan? Ready for a year in which people will abandon fad diets altogether? Don't hold your breath. As surely as it will bring complaints about politicians and taxes, 2013 will deliver a new “miracle” diet endorsed by a celebrity. And — this I can see clearly in my magic orb — it will ultimately prove no more effective than eating healthily and exercising.
Happy New Year!
Prescott, a physician and medical researcher, is president of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Cohen is a marathoner and OMRF's senior vice president and general counsel.