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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...

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...

January 11, 2017

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Categories: Communications, FDA News, Health, Healthcare, Medical Devices and Diagnostics

Dr. Dave’s Med-Sci Matters

Oh nuts! It was hard to miss the coverage this week of new guidelines from the National Institute of Allergies and Disease (NIAID) – published January 5 in J Allergy Clin Immunol – suggesting that early introduction of peanuts into...

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...

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...

September 23, 2016

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Categories: Medical Devices and Diagnostics, Patient Communications, PR Research

Med-Sci Matters by Dr. Dave

This installment has a somewhat unusual collection of topics – how a recent FDA approval may augur a paradigm shift in the drug review process by giving more weight to patient points of view, drug pricing, FDA hearings on disseminating off-label drug...

August 29, 2016

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Categories: Medical Devices and Diagnostics, Patient Communications

Med-Sci Matters by Dr. Dave

1. Pay to Play with Docs? A new study published in BMJ shows that doctors who receive payments from drug companies are more likely to prescribe or recommend their products, at least when it comes to brand-name anticoagulants or non-insulin diabetes medications....

3D Printing: A New Frontier for Healthcare Innovation

Amos Dudley, a 24 year old digital design student who could not afford the cost of braces from an orthodontist, used a 3D printer to create his own – for a fraction of the cost. This case demonstrates that 3D...

The Impact of Augmented Intelligence on Healthcare Communications

There are many different types of smart machines. Most people are more familiar with the term “artificial intelligence,” or building human-like intelligence in autonomous technology. However, “augmented intelligence,” which is information technology that augments human intelligence, is progressing rapidly and...

May 6, 2015

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Categories: Healthcare, Medical Devices and Diagnostics

Startups to Pharma Marketers: It’s Time to Think ‘Beyond the Pill’

Healthcare tech startups need ways to connect with pharma marketers to explore fruitful partnerships; in turn, in today’s competitive marketplace, pharma is constantly seeking for opportunities to exploit the latest tech advances to differentiate their offering. The inaugural MM&M Transforming...