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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...

April 28, 2017

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Categories: Advocacy, FDA News, Health and Wellness

Dr. Dave’s Med-Sci Matters

Science March (in April) This last Saturday tens of thousands of physicians, scientists and policymakers raised signs and voices at Marches for Science in Washington DC, New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Chicago and other cities among some 610...

Dr. Dave’s Med-Sci Matters

Gene therapy success! For the first time, gene therapy has successfully treated a common genetic disorder:  sickle cell disease (SCD), which affects 100,000 people in the United States and millions globally. People with SCD have abnormal hemoglobin due to a...

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...

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 17, 2016

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Categories: Creativity, Health, Health and Wellness, Healthcare

How to Turn Storytelling from a Frog into a Prince

How can healthcare specialists improve their skills as storytellers? One way to do it, according to engagement leader, Meghan O’Brien, at a New York consulting boutique called etch, is to take a page from Pixar, creator of Toy Story, Finding Nemo,...

October 13, 2016

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Categories: Health, Health and Wellness, Healthcare, Medical Devices and Diagnostics

Med-Sci Matters by Dr. Lizzie

2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine Last week, Yoshinori Ohsumi was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discoveries of the underlying mechanisms of autophagy. Autophagy, literally “self-eating,” is a mechanism that cells use to...

October 4, 2016

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Categories: Health and Wellness, Patient Communications

7 Ways Viagra Changed How Drugs Are Marketed

When Pfizer launched Viagra, in 1998, it did so with eyes wide open about the immediate impact the drug would have — on patients, of course, but also on physicians, the health media, and purveyors of late-night chuckles. What the...