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July 10, 2017

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Med-Sci Matters by Dr. Dave

A lot of interesting news on multiple fronts in the last 10 days! A couple of surprisingly very positive studies in the cardiovascular area, promising findings on personalized therapies for cancer, how health insurance literally saves lives, use of artificial...

June 12, 2017

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Categories: Global Healthcare, Healthcare, The Week That Was

The Week That Was: Crises in Communications

They say the news never sleeps, and this week, we believe it. Comey-fever gripped the nation, answering some of the nation’s burning questions while raising a few others (tapes, anyone?)… Elsewhere on Capitol Hill, Senate Republicans started working to get...

May 26, 2017

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Categories: Global Healthcare, Health, Healthcare

Med-Sci Matters by Dr. Dave

Genetic markers: Do you approve? For the first time ever, the FDA has approved a therapy based on a tumor’s genetically-defined biomarker rather than the tumor’s type or location in the body. This new approach to drug evaluation is thought...

Med-Sci Matters by Dr. Dave

We Got Scott! On May 9, Scott Gottlieb, MD, was confirmed as the new FDA Commissioner in a largely party-line vote of 57-42. Democrats opposing Gottlieb cited his ties with pharma companies, despite his pledge to “divest himself from several...

February 20, 2017

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Categories: Global Healthcare, Health and Wellness, Healthcare

Dr. Dave’s Med-Sci Matters

Genetically altering humans? Maybe we Khan! While advances in gene therapy research continue to accelerate, an enduring redline has been the germline – no tinkering with the DNA of a human embryo, egg or sperm. Doing so would mean not...

February 15, 2017

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Categories: Communications, Global Healthcare, Health and Wellness

Dr. Lizzie’s Med-Sci Matters

Mind-reading device shows “locked-in” patients are happy and offers way to communicate A non-invasive device has been developed that can detect yes/no answers in people who are completely paralyzed but otherwise healthy with normal cognitive function (“locked-in syndrome”). The Swiss...

February 7, 2017

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Categories: Global Healthcare, Healthcare

Dr. Dave’s Med-Sci Matters

PCSK9 inhibitors (evolocumab and alirocumab) have been approved based primarily on studies showing they reduce LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) and atherosclerotic plaque in patients with high LDLs and already taking statins. However, treaters and payors have been waiting for...

Med-Sci Matters by Dr. Lizzie

CRISPR gene-editing technique used for the first time in humans The revolutionary gene-editing tool CRISPR-Cas-9 has been used in a human for the first time, as reported in Nature News. In a Chinese clinical trial, immune cells were taken from...

November 17, 2016

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Categories: Global Healthcare, Health, Health and Wellness, Health Policy and Access, Healthcare

Med-Sci Matters by Dr. Dave

Buzz about a Zika vaccine Source: “Chikungunya” by CDC Global is licensed under CC BY 2.0 We may be close to one, according to a report in Nature. Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis and Vanderbilt University in Nashville...

November 14, 2016

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Categories: Advocacy, Communications, Global Healthcare, Healthcare

#GirlPower: Highlights from the 2016 HBA Annual Meeting

Earlier this month I had the privilege of attending the 2016 Healthcare Business Women’s Association (HBA) annual conference in St. Louis Missouri along with several other amazing and accomplished women from our inVentiv family.  This was my first time at...

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