magic-bullet approach

magic-bullet approach

Etymology: Gk, magikos, sorcerer; Fr, boulette, small ball; L, ad, toward, prope, near
1 a therapeutic or diagnostic method that makes use of a specific relationship between a drug and a disease or organ.
2 (in clinical medicine) the administration of a specific drug to cure or ameliorate a given disease or condition.
3 (in traditional diagnostic radiology) the administration of a specific dye to facilitate the radiographic visualization of a given organ, such as the IV injection of a specific dye for renal studies.
4 (in nuclear medicine) the administration of a specific radionuclide tagged to an appropriate carrier to provide a scintillation camera image of a given organ or structure, such as the use of a substance containing phosphate and technetium for bone scanning.
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Although there is no magic-bullet approach to preventing and treating Alzheimer's disease, researchers are finding that an integrative strategy can offer potential for maintaining cognitive function with aging.
Virtually without fail, each has contained the same panacea prescription for whatever magic-bullet approach to solving the energy problem it is are pushing: government financial support in its various forms, be it direct subsidies, tax incentives, earmarked government grants, government programs, etc.