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July 09, 2014

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12:07 AM | Deal Watch table for June 2014
Table listing all the major pharma mergers, acquisitions and collaborations in the past month
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12:06 AM | Pharma deals during June 2014
Deal Watch: Major pharma collaborations, acquisitions and agreements in the past month

July 08, 2014

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11:16 PM | Bowel Cancer UK looks to celebrities in new campaign
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sir Chris Hoy and Stephen Fry offer support to charity
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11:15 PM | Scottish cancer patients denied Imnovid
Celgene’s drug deemed not cost-effective in latest update from Scottish Medicines Consortium
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11:15 PM | Simon Grime joins Fendix Media as commercial director
Moves to the online network of NHS websites from M3
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11:05 PM | Senior appointments at Glide Pharma
New chief financial officer and director of business development
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10:55 PM | The skeptical subjects of your desire
Another poll. This time, about this blog. I’ve written over 640 articles over the past 2 ½ years, 3-4 a week. It’s fun, mostly. About 360 of those articles are on vaccines, vaccination, and you know, those who don’t like vaccines. When I started, I wanted to write about all kinds of topics that always […]Continue reading «The skeptical subjects of your desire»
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10:05 PM | HPV vaccine is unrelated to venous blood clots in another huge study
Anecdotally, it has always seemed like the HPV quadrivalent vaccine, known as Gardasil or Silgard, was the most despised vaccine on the market. Although I write about almost every vaccine, I seem to write more about Gardasil, countering all kinds of silly claims. Despite several large case-controlled epidemiological studies, some of which I’ve discussed previously, there […]Continue reading «HPV vaccine is unrelated to venous blood clots in another huge study»
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8:07 PM | I Love Science!
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3:25 PM | 8 Luglio 2014: Al Via La Giornata Internazionale Del Mar Mediterraneo
Domani 8 luglio 2014 sarà la prima giornata internazionale del Mar Mediterraneo, dedicata quest’anno ai caduti nel nostro Mare. La prima edizione dell’iniziativa – che nasce grazie alla collaborazione di EARTH DAY ITALIA,  ANCIS-LINK,  ASC-CONI e con l’apporto fondamentale della…Read more →
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2:00 PM | Biological Pest Control Basics
Managing pests is an important part of cultivating plants whether you are tending a small garden in your yard or several fields of crops. Insect predators can make short work of healthy plants, particularly if insect predators are in abundance. The good news is that there are natural ways to combat these pests that growers have been utilizing for many years. Granted, not all solutions are created equal. There are a number of reasons why biological control efforts may fail; including breeding […]
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12:55 PM | Adaptive Trials Offer Potent Weapon Against Phase 3 Failures
A failed phase 3 drug trial is one of the worst possible outcomes for a pharmaceutical company and for patients, both in terms of financial resources spent as well as time sunk into an unproductive research path. A recent article published by Roche describes how that company had to deal with several recent Phase 3 ... continue reading
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12:00 PM | The Hobby Lobby Ruling: Contraceptives and Abortifacients
Last week, the Supreme Court ruled that, due to religious objections, Hobby Lobby (and other for-profit companies) does not have to provide health insurance coverage for contraceptives that are part of the Affordable Care Act. Specifically, Hobby Lobby objected to four contraceptive methods – Plan B, Ella, and two intrauterine devices (IUDs) – because Hobby … Continue reading »
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10:29 AM | Cancer drug nivolumab wins PD1 inhibitor race to market
BMS and Ono’s skin cancer treatment approved in Japan under trade name Opdivo
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10:23 AM | Pershing mounts assault on Allergan board
Proposes new directors to secure Valeant takeover
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10:10 AM | Communiqué recognises emerging health comms talent
Just:: Health's Jon Spiers is Emerging Leader and MHP's Ben Nunn is Rising Star
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9:49 AM | FDA to review Sanofi's Lantus successor
Decision on company’s next generation insulin TouJeo expected early next year
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8:58 AM | Cancer drug nivolumab wins PD-1 inhibitor race to market
BMS and Ono’s skin cancer treatment approved in Japan under trade name Opdivo
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7:30 AM | This is what your brain looks like on Super Mario Mushrooms
Having trouble making quick decisions among multiple options in the real world? When to go for the goal and when to pass? Strategically planning a sport move or which questions to answer first on a timed exam? You might consider an unlikely pastime – playing video games. Especially video games that are cognitively taxing and that require planned moves in virtual physical environments. In a study published in PloS One in March, Simone Kuhn and colleagues found a positive association... […]
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1:21 AM | Happy Anniversary UCSC Genome Browser
Heh. This is an interesting data point: July 7, 2000: the human genome went online here at UCSC! The @GenomeBrowser as it looked then http://t.co/ncCiek9M4n pic.twitter.com/PTrkN33FLt — UCSC Genome Browser (@GenomeBrowser) July 8, 2014

July 07, 2014

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11:16 PM | UK NHS needs to rethink long-term care
MPs call for system change as chronic conditions account for 70 per cent of yearly healthcare spend
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11:16 PM | New head for Teleperformance Germany
Thomas Güther joins from Axivas
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11:15 PM | Innovation isn’t solely the province of the scientist
Communiqué Awards confirm comms can be innovative, creative and highly effective
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11:15 PM | New NHS CEO announces senior changes
Simon Stevens strengthens leadership within NHS England
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8:46 PM | Agricultural pesticides cause autism. Don’t hold your breath.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you would think that I spend a lot of time discussing autism spectrum disorders (ASD). But the goals of this blog is weed out and debunk pseudoscientific beliefs, especially some of the more popular ones. Probably the most ridiculous had been the fraudulently invented and eventually thoroughly debunked link between vaccines […]Continue reading «Agricultural pesticides cause autism. Don't hold your breath.»
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8:17 PM | Have Your Say on the Future of European Science
The European Commission has today launched a public consultation on ‘Science 2.0’, in order to gauge the trend towards a more open, data-driven and people-focused way of doing research and innovation. Researchers are using digital tools to get thousands of people participating in research, for example by asking them to report if they catch flu […]
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5:08 PM | Hope for Treatment of Carbapenem-Resistant Bacteria
Last month brought some hopeful news on the subject of antibiotic resistance. A paper published in Nature on June 26 described the isolation of a fungal compound that restored the antibiotic sensitivity of carbapenem-resistant enterobacteria. An editorial accompanying the paper took encouragement from the article–considering it a sign that the well of potential sources of […]
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3:00 PM | Ageing and the oxidative stress conundrum
One of the top candidates for ‘THE cause of ageing’ is oxidative stress caused by reactive oxygen species (also called free radicals) inside our cells. Organelles called mitochondria make the energy required to keep each cell alive. Free radicals are one of the byproducts of the chemical reactions that occur inside mitochondria. They are also […]
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2:19 PM | Tips from the grad school trenches on launching a career
> Anyone who has, or is working on, a graduate degree (e.g. PhD, MSc) has likely encountered the “what does a PhD/MSc get you?” question. In my experience, the most frustrating thing wasn’t that I was asked this question at least three times at every family gathering, but it was that I often didn’t know...Read more
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10:37 AM | UK healthcare professionals urged to say 'no' to antibiotics
Royal Colleges issues joint statement to members warning of antimicrobial resistance
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