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November 10, 2014

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1:13 AM | UCB’s Mark Bodmer elected to BIA board
Will hold the position for a three-year fixed term
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12:16 AM | FDA approves Olysio/Sovaldi combination in hep C
Janssen drug recommended for use along with Gilead’s blockbuster
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12:16 AM | UCB to sell its US generics business for $1.5bn
Advent International and Avista Capital Partners will take control of Kremers Urban Pharmaceuticals
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12:15 AM | Avoiding pharma's Death Valley
For life science companies, evolving is getting harder, not easier
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12:05 AM | Pharma deals during October 2014
Deal Watch: Major pharma collaborations, acquisitions and agreements in the past month
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12:02 AM | Deal Watch table for October 2014
Table listing all the major pharma mergers, acquisitions and collaborations in the past month

November 09, 2014

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10:48 PM | Public Health in the News – November 9, 2014
Global A dangerous, highly infectious strain of H5N8 was found on a German farm—the first known case in Europe. A new study reveals that in 2012, more than 70% of the Chinese population was exposed to particulate pollutants at levels more … Continue reading →
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7:48 PM | Addicted to Suboxone
First Published 7/23/2013 I hear from the anti-buprenorphine people now and then, less than I used to.  I also hear from fans of this blog’s early days, when I routinely lost my temper in response to those people.  Their general line was that things on heroin weren’t all that bad, but now, on buprenorphine, things are […]
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5:00 PM | Blaming breast cancer on autism
Gayle DeLong has been diagnosed with what she refers to as “autism-induced” breast cancer.” She’s even given it an abbreviation, AIBC. Unfortunately, as you might be able to tell by the name she’s given her breast cancer, she is also showing signs of falling into the same errors in thinking with respect to her breast […]

November 08, 2014

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9:15 PM | The Pain Clinic: Your Money’s Worth?
Originally Posted 7/18/2013 Like most of you, I’m not thrilled with modern healthcare.  I miss how things were twenty years ago, when I had a sense of ‘having a doctor’ who actually knew me, who had my best interests in mind.  I remember my father, a defense attorney in a small town in Wisconsin, telling […]
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9:02 PM | Homeopath threatens public health with fake flu clinic
As pseudoscience goes, homeopathy takes the cake for absurdity. It is an elaborate placebo system,  based on nonsensical ideas about biology, biochemistry and medicine. A decision to use homeopathy is a decision to do nothing at all, because homeopathic “remedies” have no medicinal ingredients in them at all. They are inert. Homeopathy is based on […]
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2:49 PM | Treating Opioid Dependence Harder in Young People
Originally Posted 5/11/2013 The forces of nature appear intent on reversing mankind’s progress toward better health.   An example is the ever-increasing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics.  A timeline of the existence of humans and bacteria shows that bacteria have been around for a very long time— much longer than mammals, and much, much longer than humans.  In fact by the […]
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1:55 AM | “The Theory of Everything” – Review
I had some expectations when I learned there was to be a feature film on the life of Stephen Hawking. Like many others, I felt pretty confident that I was in for an experience filled with scientific terms I couldn’t spell, much less find engaging. Like a lot of the arguments currently flooding the blogosphere […]

November 07, 2014

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9:36 PM | Think Like a Doctor: Going Blind Solved!
Readers solve the case of a 68-year-old woman who lost her vision over the course of several months.
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9:32 PM | Who Pays For Health Care? (Hint: We ALL Do)
First Published 4/20/2013 I realize that practice patterns differ between practices, even those treating the same condition (opioid dependence) with the same medication (buprenorphine).  Differing patient characteristics result in different regional standards of care, for example.  And some areas have access to services (e.g. group treatments or laboratory testing) that may not be as available […]
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6:14 PM | Parkinson's stem cell breakthrough brings new hope
Parkinson's stem cell breakthrough brings new hope 7 November 2014 Swedish researchers have taken a key step forward in using stem cells to replace the nerve cells lost in Parkinson's. This post has been generated by Page2RSS
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1:58 PM | A Low-Carb Switch for Mashed Potatoes
The comfort of mashed potatoes -- without the carbs of potatoes, inspired by Irish colcannon.
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1:00 PM | More Fear-Based Practice Building: Shaken Baby Syndrome and Chiropractic
During my first clinical rotation in medical school, I found myself at the pediatric nurse station one afternoon waiting for a patient to arrive from the emergency department. An adorable older infant was there sitting in a bouncy chair, smiling and drooling as babies tend to do, and looking rather well for an inpatient. The […]
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12:42 PM | Canine distemper: For tiger populations, a new threat
Along with the pressures of habitat loss, poaching and depletion […]
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12:41 PM | Denying problems when we don’t like the political solutions
Study sheds light on why conservatives, liberals disagree so vehemently […]
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12:39 PM | Gut bacteria: How genes determine the fit of your jeans
Our genetic makeup influences whether we are fat or thin […]
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12:38 PM | Integrative medicine relieves pain, anxiety for cancer inpatients
Pain is a common symptom of cancer and side effect […]
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12:37 PM | Grocery byproduct feed proves effective as energy supplement in cattle
Food waste has become a serious problem in the United […]
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12:34 PM | Hubble Surveys Debris-Strewn Exoplanetary Construction Yards
Astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have completed the largest […]
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12:28 PM | New drug for common liver disease improves liver health
An experimental drug aimed at treating a common liver disease […]
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12:27 PM | No junk: Long RNA mimics DNA, restrains hormone responses
GAS5, a player in prostate and breast cancer, is an […]
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12:25 PM | New research lights the way to super-fast computers
New research published today in the journal Nature Communications, has […]
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12:18 PM | More of us can look forward to becoming nonagenarians
Just a couple of decades ago, nonagenarians were a rarity. Now, however, there are about 45,000 people in their nineties in Finland, and they are living proof that longevity has...
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12:13 PM | Oxytocin levels in blood, cerebrospinal fluid are linked, study finds
Easy-to-measure oxytocin levels in blood are correlated to the hormone’s […]
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11:41 AM | Eisai "speechless" as G-BA denies price premium for Fycompa
But company has better news on cancer drug Halaven
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