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July 23, 2014

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7:26 PM | Physicians face difficult choices when treating patients with bipolar and obsessive compulsive disorders
New research suggests patients with both bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder should receive treatments for bipolar disorder alone.1 Bipolar and obsessive compulsive disorder therapies taken together can cause worsening of disease symptoms, making it difficult for physicians to treat both conditions. This is a concern as over 1 in 5 patients with bipolar disorder […]

Pacchiarotti I, Bond DJ, Baldessarini RJ & et al. (2013). The International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) task force report on antidepressant use in bipolar disorders., The American journal of psychiatry, 170 (11) 1249-62. PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24030475

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6:52 PM | Introducing Human Metabolic and Hormone Assays
Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. announced the launch of its new Bio-Plex Pro RBM Human Metabolic and Hormone Assays. Developed in partnership with Myriad RBM, Inc., these multiplex immunoassays permit robust and simultaneous quantification of a highly relevant set of protein biomarkers for the study of diabetes, obesity, and metabolic syndrome, as well as related conditions such […]
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1:38 PM | Video Tip of the Week: Nowomics, set up alert feeds for new data
Yeah, I know you know. There’s a lot of genomics and proteomics data coming out every day–some of it in the traditional publication route, but some of it isn’t–and it’s only getting harder and harder to wrangle the useful information to access the signal from the noise.  I can remember when merely looking through the […]

Acland A., T. Barrett, J. Beck, D. A. Benson, C. Bollin, E. Bolton, S. H. Bryant, K. Canese, D. M. Church & K. Clark & (2014). Database resources of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, Nucleic Acids Research, 42 (D1) D7-D17. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkt1146

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1:36 PM | Discovering the Complexity of the Human Proteome
I should preface this blog by stating that I am a nucleic acids gal. My years in the lab were spent with tubes of DNA and RNA. In fact my one and only tentative foray into the field of protein resulted in a Western Blot so ugly that those who witnessed it have been sworn […]
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12:55 PM | Mexico And Korea Announce Medical Device Regulatory Harmonization
The medical device regulatory landscape is far more interlinked that it might first seem. For proof, look no further than the recent news from Mexico that will allow manufacturers from South Korea to benefit from expedited access to the Mexican medical device market. The products in question must have already been approved for sale within ... continue reading
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10:42 AM | Boehringer goes on the offensive over Pradaxa report
Posts series of tweets defending position on anticoagulant ahead of tonight's Channel 4 news report
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10:20 AM | Merck & Co taps music industry for US HIV campaign
Pharma company to work with music promoter Maria Davis and Positive Women’s Network – USA
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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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