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July 23, 2014

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9:48 AM | Celgene's cancer drug promising in small HIV study
Lymphoma therapy Istodax shows potential in treating the virus
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9:45 AM | Lilly’s Efient and Sucampo's Amitiza win NICE backing
Blood clot and constipation drugs recommended for NHS use

July 22, 2014

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11:15 PM | NICE backs cancer drugs from Astellas and BMS
Recommendations for Xtandi in prostate cancer and earlier use of Yervoy
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11:02 PM | Mobile savvy docs don’t want pharma rep visits
But prescribers are still open to receiving industry information
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11:00 PM | Neuway appoints Boehringer’s Baiker to board
He has 25 years’ experience at German pharma company
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10:11 PM | California’s vaccine exemption law–prevalence and clustering effects
All 50 US states (along with several territories and DC) require mandatory vaccination for children entering public (and frequently, private) schools. This system has essentially ended most vaccine preventable diseases in the USA, including measles, polio, chickenpox, and many others. It is considered one of the 10 greatest achievements in public health. Vaccines should probably be […]Continue reading «California's vaccine exemption law–prevalence and clustering […]
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6:24 PM | Quantifing Early Rejection Biomarkers in Transplant Patients
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6:10 PM | Sex and death in the cornfields: What is a refuge?
A lot of people have sent me news articles about the spread of Bt-resistant corn rootworm because they know I am interested in transgenic Bt.  These articles have alarming titles like Voracious worm evolves to eat biotech corn engineered to kill it and Evolution one-ups genetic modification. Yes,  unfotunately, corn rootworm that are resistant to transgenic Bt corn are real (Cullen 2013, EPA 2014a). But the story is more complex than you’d think from these […]
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2:15 PM | European social network HealthUnlocked expands to US
Also adds new partners including Hepatitis Foundation International
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12:55 PM | Malaysia Implements New Medical Device Policies
Medical device companies interested in doing business in Malaysia now have a clearer path to market thanks to the country’s Medical Device Authority (MDA) putting into place policies associated with the Medical Device Act. The Medical Device Act was initially adopted in the first quarter of 2013, and went into effect July 1, 2013, but ... continue reading
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12:00 PM | Our Microbiomes: In Sickness and in Health
Last week, we took a look at the amazing diversity of microbes (bacteria, fungi, and others) that live on, and inside of, our bodies. This week we’ll dig deeper into our microbiomes and explore what’s known about how they help keep us healthy, and why they sometimes make us sick. Shown here are Lactobacillus bacteria … Continue reading »
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10:01 AM | Pharma firms open up drug libraries to UK researchers
AZ, GSK, Janssen, Lilly, Pfizer, Takeda and UCB partner with Medical Research Council
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9:45 AM | Allergan wields axe to fend off Valeant
Plans to cut 1.500 jobs in sign of independence
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9:41 AM | AstraZeneca steps up cancer immunotherapy research
MedImmune unit will study anti-PD1 drug in combination with Advaxis’ cervical cancer vaccine

July 21, 2014

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11:16 PM | ABPI and BIA to support understanding of biosimilars
Trade bodies work together on communication materials for prescribers
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11:16 PM | New head for Deallus Consulting
Claudio D’Ambrosio is to take over as CEO at life sciences consultancy
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11:15 PM | JDRF names new CEO
Derek Rapp to lead diabetes research charity
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11:02 PM | Social media – part of the routine
The necessity of a social media engagement strategy for pharma companies
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10:10 PM | Medical uses of marijuana–hitting the bong of science (updated)
Updated 21 July 2014. As the push to legalize marijuana for personal or medical use gains traction in the USA, the “pro-pot” arguments become more enthusiastic and more off the beaten track of real science. I suspect, like legal same sex marriage, social norms have changed, and legal marijuana is something that will become commonplace across […]Continue reading «Medical uses of marijuana–hitting the bong of science (updated)»
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8:02 PM | Translation: Pasteur Wuz Here
Last week I hopped on a flight and went to visit a good friend in Paris! I saw all the usual haunts--Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, Sacre-Coeur, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Musée d'Orsay ... but the most important landmark to me, of course, was on a little-known street in the southwest of Paris that I had to flag down a native in order to find ... and yes, I genuflected a bit when I got there.
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7:40 PM | PowerQuant System: Tool for informed casework sample processing decisions
Identification of a crime perpetrator on the basis of DNA fingerprinting is not as easy as some of the CSI shows on television make it out to be. A sample such as blood stain, touch sample or body fluid retrieved at a crime scene is often a challenge for DNA analysts. In many instances, the […]
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6:32 PM | Reading minds with SQUIDs
In the dystopian world of my novel, the government forces people to have annual scans in machines that read their memories. In the real world that isn’t possible yet, but it is possible to ‘read’ brain function by magnetoencephalography (MEG). MEG machines are like a giant helmet containing around 300 little tiles that directly measure […]
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5:56 PM | Happiness is in the Danish Genes
Genetics could be the key to explaining nation’s levels of happiness, according to research from the University of Warwick. Economists at the University’s Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE) have looked at why certain countries top the world happiness rankings. In particular they have found the closer a nation is to the […]
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2:27 PM | 1st Altmetric conference - Sept 25/26th in London
I've been a user of Altmetric for a while now and very much like what they are doing with article metrics. I'm sure many Core Genomics readers will also have seen the Altmetric badge on their own papers. Now Altmetric are hosting their first conference.The meeting aims to demonstrate how users are integrating Altmetric tools into their processes. Hopefully they'll cover lots of interesting topics and spend some time talking about how the community can keep tools like Altmetric from becoming […]
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2:21 PM | Report On Medical Device Approval Process Underlines Areas To Improve
There’s good news from the CDRH regarding its strategy to more rapidly bring medical devices to market in crucial, innovation-linked treatment areas. A third-party study of the medical device submission process, carried out by Booz Allen Hamilton, was published in June of 2014 and indicated that the FDA has been able to make progress in ... continue reading
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1:46 PM | A History of Bioinformatics (told from the Year 2039)
A week or so back I was watching the chatter around the #ISMB / #BOSC2014 meeting, and saw a number of amusing and intriguing comments about Titus Brown’s keynote talk. CTB talking as if date were 2039. "'bioinformatics' and 'systems biology' are now simply 'biology" #BOSC2014 — Stephen Turner (@genetics_blog) July 11, 2014 #BOSC2014 @ctitusbrown […]

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1:37 PM | Highlights from The Business of Regenerative Medicine Course
. The Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) just finished hosting the 7th annual Business of Regenerative Medicine course here in Toronto, which saw many notable figures in the space come to weigh-in on a number of critical issues relevant to commercialization in the world of regenerative medicine and cell therapy (RM).   The...Read more
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11:36 AM | Failed HIV cure can't dent spirit at Melbourne conference
Still 'feasible' to end Aids epidemic by 2030
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11:28 AM | Clinical study potential for electronic health records
But red tape still needs to be reduced if trials are to be simplified
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11:23 AM | Pharma joins tributes to Aids researchers lost on flight MH17
Toll of Malaysian Airlines jet crash in Ukraine includes 'HIV hero' Dr Joep Lange
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