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September 28, 2014

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11:31 PM | Merck & Co plays catch-up with osteoporosis data for odanacatib
Says study shows significant reduced risk of osteoporotic symptoms
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11:30 PM | Servier abandons cancer drug collaboration with Pharmacyclics
Rights to lymphoma treatment abexinostat will be returned
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11:15 PM | The price is right: drug reimbursement in Europe
EFPIA's director general argues that drug pricing is not a gameshow
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2:15 PM | Cyberbullying Guest Post: Know the statistics and how to help your children
Today’s post is from guest contributor Amy Williams, a writer and former social worker in Southern California. She previously specialized in teen behavioral issues and has created an infographic (sourced with secondary sources) below with statistics on cyberbullying. She has two children of her own and can be found at her website here or on […]
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2:40 AM | Quick update: Reporting on vaccines from Mozambique and my writing process
I mentioned my blog posts would be more sporadic as I finish up the book, and some, like this one, will be just brief updates to let folks know what I’m up to as it relates to the topics on this blog. The first part of my update is the most exciting: I applied for […]

September 27, 2014

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11:00 AM | Thinking Slow About Thinking Fast – Part IV – A New Persepctive on the Framing Effect
Our tendency to choose options that appear less valuable than alternative options (such as choosing to stick with our original choice in the Monty Hall Problem) is often cited as evidence for our irrationality. However, the view that we are irrational derives too from inconsistency in our preferences. Nobel Prize winner, Daniel Kahneman, and his […]

September 26, 2014

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10:44 PM | Excerpt from an "Open Letter to Chinese President Xi Jinping"
Re:  Open Letter to President Xi Jinping, 34th Anniversay of China’s One Child PolicyBy Reggie LittleJohnPosted on September 25th, 2014 To President Xi Jinping:Today is the 34th anniversary of the official institution of China’s barbaric One Child Policy, which has caused incalculable suffering to hundreds of millions of women and families of China. It is time for this policy to end.  It will not work to replace it by a ‘two-child policy’ as some […]
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8:38 PM | First City of American Medicine
Fifty years ago this month, The Philadelphia Bulletin devoted almost its entire Sunday issue to a look at Philadelphia’s place in the history of medicine. The cover featured a Penn doctor who was already an iconic figure -- I. S. Ravdin, former chair of Surgery. When the issue appeared, Ravdin...
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4:40 PM | Behind the Mask, European Golden Economy and Pasta with Worms
A new treatment for the celiac disease – a common gluten-sensitive autoimmune disease, was published recently in the last volume of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology2014; DOI:10.1016/j.jaci.2014.07.022. The effective treatment for the moment is a gluten-free diet, for … Continue reading →
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3:00 PM | Using parental guilt to sell dubious supplements
The supplement industry wants you to buy their products, and they’re not above using a little parental guilt to make you into a customer. In the photo above, the promoter is my local pharmacy, where the large window display caught my eye: Give your Child The Tools to SUCCEED in School! Who doesn’t want their […]
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1:51 PM | Dark skin turns UV rays to heat, rendering them harmless
Researchers at Lund University in Sweden and other institutions have […]
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1:17 PM | Humira gets FDA nod for paediatric Crohn's disease
Can be used as treatment for patients as young as six
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12:18 PM | AZ: We have to be able to show mHealth can work
Still room for improvement in mobile health, Andy Jones tells ThinkDigital
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12:00 PM | Hiccups: From Acupuncture to Quantum Touch
nOne of the most common questions I get in the newborn nursery, especially from first time parents, involves hiccups. Babies hiccup in the womb and most, if not all of them, will have periodic bouts of hiccups in the neonatal period. But many new parents are surprised by their baby’s first spasmodic contractions of the […]
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11:57 AM | Awards recognise hepatitis C care in UK
First QiC Hepatitis C takes place at BASL conference
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11:30 AM | Under threat of class action lawsuit, maker of “homeopathic” medicine settles, and exits North America
I’ve written more times that I want to about homeopathy, the elaborate placebo system of “remedies”. It looks like medicine, and pharmacies stock it on shelves alongside products that contain medicine. But with homeopathy the common “strengths” or “potencies” of products are usually so dilute there’s no possibility of a single molecule of the original […]
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11:29 AM | NASA Rover Drill Pulls First Taste From Mars Mountain
NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has collected its first taste of […]
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11:28 AM | With Few Data, Arctic Carbon Models Lack Consensus
As climate change grips the Arctic, how much carbon is […]
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11:27 AM | Underwater robot for port security
Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and […]
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11:26 AM | How to make stronger, ‘greener’ cement
Concrete is the world’s most-used construction material, and a leading […]
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11:24 AM | Paradoxical effects of anti-inflammatory steroids
A UB study has shown that high doses of steroids […]
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11:23 AM | New molecule found in space connotes life origins
Hunting from a distance of 27,000 light years, astronomers have […]
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11:21 AM | Genetic ‘instruction set’ for antibodies knocks down hepatitis C in mice
A triple-punch of antibodies both prevented hepatitis C infection and […]
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11:21 AM | Increased Knowledge of HPV Vaccines No Predictor of Higher Vaccination Rate
“Knowledge is power” is an old saying. Another cliché warns, […]
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11:18 AM | Chemists Observe Key Reaction for Producing ‘Atmosphere’s Detergent’
Earth’s atmosphere is a complicated dance of molecules. The chemical […]
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10:10 AM | Pfizer takes to Tumblr to share employee stories
New blog promotes their contributions to health
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10:06 AM | Novartis named digital pharma company of the year
Takes prize at the PM Society Digital Media Awards
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10:04 AM | Iressa blood test nears approval in Europe
Diagnostic for AZ's lung cancer drug is less invasive than current tumour biopsy method
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9:45 AM | NHS Confederation encourages realistic expectations in moving towards outcomes based commissioning
This briefing from the NHS Confederation gives a concise outline of the practicalities of outcomes-based commissioning. This is an area which has received a fair bit of attention and whilst there have been a few reports advocating this approach, there has been surprisingly little in the way of detail.  The briefing is based on the learning [read the full story...]
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8:46 AM | PAN appoints account director and account manager
Rosemary Behan and Margaux Chung to join the team
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