July 14, 2014

10:23 AM | AbbVie coaxes Shire into discussions with sweetened offer
Raises takeover bid to $53bn
10:12 AM | NICE green light for Biogen’s oral MS drug
Overturns previous negative guidance for Tecfidera
9:45 AM | US senators seeks answers on Sovaldi pricing
Gilead asked to justify pricing of hepatitis drug
7:29 AM | The Texas Medical Board vs. Stanislaw Burzynski, 2014 edition
As I begin this post, I’m on a miserably crowded, hot, stinky flight winging my way home from TAM. This puts me in the perfect mood to write about my bête noire to conquer all bêtes noires, namely Stanislaw Burzynski, the Polish expat doctor who claims to have much better results treating deadly brain cancers […]
6:30 AM | New meta-analysis supports the use of mindfulness for depression, but not anxiety
This study confirms that mindfulness based interventions (MBIs) are valid for the treatment of current depressive episodes, and it identifies the need for more studies to investigate the possibility that MBIs might also be of value in treating anxiety disorders. The post New meta-analysis supports the use of mindfulness for depression, but not anxiety appeared first on The Mental Elf.
5:30 AM | Bean counting and the NHS
I was recently questioned about the future of the NHS, during a live debate on the BBC Radio 4 programme Moral Maze, on 9 July 2014. One of the panelists took me to task for being a “bean counter”. I got side-tracked by this somewhat less-than-flattering characterisation of my professional role as a health economist, […]
5:00 AM | Review suggests that electronic apex locators may be useful in primary dentition
Electronic apex locators (EALs) have used in permanent teeth since the 1960s and they have been gaining in popularity. The use of EALs in the primary dentitions was proposed in 1996. The aim of this review was to compare the accuracy of EALs in primary teeth when compared to actual root canal lengths (ARCLs). Searches [read the full story...]
12:48 AM | Public Health in the News – July 13, 2014
Global NPR has posted an interesting blog piece on the work that Partners in Health and others are doing to prevent the spread of the most deadly strains of TB in Russian prisons. This week the WHO announced that scabies will join the list of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). Affecting nearly 130 billion people per year, scabies […]

July 13, 2014

11:01 PM | The seven letter debate that is Sovaldi
Reimbursement of high cost hepatitis C drugs raise difficult issues
11:01 PM | Eisai’s Bose to join Boehringer
He becomes head of global marketing for oncology
11:00 PM | Sun Pharma recalls antidepressant in US
Withdraws more than 40,000 bottles of venlafaxine hydrochloride

July 12, 2014

11:59 AM | Epigenetics, Hunger, Fear and the Animal Farm
A new study provided a fresh evidence for the controversial idea that epigenetic alterations to the genome — which influence gene activity, but not the DNA sequence — can transmit the effects of environmental exposures across multiple generations, published online … Continue reading →
11:00 AM | Psychological Factors Predict Soccer Injuries
As the World Cup continues in Brazil, several star players have been left out due to injuries: French winger Franck Ribery due to a back problem, Colombia’s striker Radamel Falcao out with a torn ACL, Germany’s Marco Reus’ ankle injury, Italy’s midfielder Riccardo Montolivo’s broken tibia, and Theo Walcott of England as the result of […]

July 11, 2014

8:00 PM | Doubts on Fasting Before Cholesterol Tests
It may not be necessary to fast before a blood lipid test, a review finds.
7:29 PM | Suboxone/Buprenorphine Survey
The folks at NAABT are asking for people on buprenorphine to complete a short survey.  Respondents are eligible for prizes.  Here is the copy from the NAABT announcement: What’s better than doing a good deed and being rewarded for it? Here’s an opportunity for you to do both, at once! Good deed: Help fellow patients […]
6:38 PM | Can one daily drink of alcohol increase risk of heart disease? . . . really?
Can one drink of alcohol increase risk of heart disease?  Reporters are saying a new study says “Yes”.  Many people have been advised through print or conversation that a daily glass of wine or beer is a healthy practice. And it might be for some. Many studies have found a longer lifespan in people who […] The post Can one daily drink of alcohol increase risk of heart disease? . . . really? appeared first on WODMasters: Stiff Competition.

Holmes, M., Dale, C., Zuccolo, L., Silverwood, R., Guo, Y., Ye, Z., Prieto-Merino, D., Dehghan, A., Trompet, S., Wong, A. & Cavadino, A. (2014). Association between alcohol and cardiovascular disease: Mendelian randomisation analysis based on individual participant data, BMJ, 349 (jul10 6) DOI: 10.1136/bmj.g4164

3:52 PM | Alt Careers Aren't the Answer
The PhD pipeline discussion is going around on the Twitts again. We talk and talk and talk but does anything change? Sort of. The NIH started the BEST grant (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) and started implementing some of the suggestions of the 2013 Biomedical The purpose of this FOA is to seek, identify and support bold and innovative approaches to broaden graduate and
2:00 PM | Every commissioner should address ethnic inequalities in mental health says panel of experts
Anyone can suffer from mental illness, but current mental health services may not be appropriate for the whole population. People from black and minority ethnic groups may have different requirements, and this guide aims to help commissioners reduce inequalities by procuring good health care for all. This guidance has been produced by the Joint Commissioning [read the full story...]
1:35 PM | Lobstrocities: Extinct sea scorpion gets an eye exam
Poor peepers are a problem, even if you are a […]
1:33 PM | Astronomers find 7 dwarf galaxies with new telescope
Meet the seven new dwarfs. Yale University astronomers, using a […]
1:32 PM | Do women perceive other women in red as more sexually receptive?
Previous research has shown that men perceive the color red […]
1:30 PM | Omega 3 fatty acids lessen severity of osteoarthritis in mice
Mice consuming a supplement of omega 3 fatty acids had […]
1:28 PM | Potent spider toxin ‘electrocutes’ German, not American, cockroaches
Using spider toxins to study the proteins that let nerve […]
1:21 PM | New Compound Treats Both Blindness and Diabetes in Animal Studies
In a new study led by UC San Francisco (UCSF) […]
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1:19 PM | Green light: Algorithms that use real-time data to change outcomes in complex systems
erything is getting smarter: phones, homes, meters, cars and soon […]
1:17 PM | Find could lead to new therapy for reducing inflammation in diseases
Molecular microbiologists from the Keck School of Medicine of USC […]
1:15 PM | Cognitive assessment can help measure surgeons’ expertise
What clues might brain metrics hold about the skill levels […]
1:12 PM | Researchers Consider the ‘Anticrystal’
For the last century, the concept of crystals has been […]
12:00 PM | The Force from Outside In: Cells Sense Surrounding Protein Stiffness for Insider Info
A new study is shedding light on how cells respond to surrounding “stiff” tissue that can influence cells to go rogue—and ultimately cause disease. A better understanding of that process could help advance the development of treatments for cancers and cardiovascular disease resistant to therapy. An article in Science Signaling...
11:09 AM | Studying violence experienced by children
Kirsi Peltonen has studied violence in both families and war. Her goal is to help children and parents overcome difficult situations and memories in their lives. Peltonen has participated in...
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