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Med-Sci Matters by Dr. Dave

Med-Sci Matters by Dr. Dave

This edition of Med-Sci Matters includes recent promising findings with type 1 diabetes, heart disease, cancer and human “healthspan”; the cost-benefit battle with a PCSK9 inhibitor; questions about the rigor of FDA accelerated approvals; and – not for geeks only!... Read More

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Med-Sci Matters by Dr. Dave

August 29, 2016

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Categories: Medical Devices and Diagnostics, Patient Communications

Med-Sci Matters by Dr. Dave

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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....

The Fanciest Footwork in Brazil Can’t Be Found in Rio…

August 25, 2016

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Categories: Communications, Healthcare

The Fanciest Footwork in Brazil Can’t Be Found in Rio…

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The latest from GSW’s Health Experience Project assures us that some good does come from technology! A team of researchers in Sao Paulo released a report summarizing their findings of coupling virtual reality and “Brain-Machine Interfaces” – Resulting in a...

3D Printing: A New Frontier for Healthcare Innovation

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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...

Women’s Health: Expanding and Connecting with the Market

August 22, 2016

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Women’s Health: Expanding and Connecting with the Market

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Having recently become a mother, I’ve started to pay much closer attention to my own health and that of my family. Until I became pregnant, I never really thought about the effect of gender on health. If you google “women’s...

The Week That Was: Crises in Communications

August 22, 2016

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The Week That Was: Crises in Communications

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While American voters may be unexcited by their choices at the voting booth come November, the only other group that they may be equally disappointed with is — well — us. Last week, sentiment about the pharmaceutical industry plummeted to...

The Week That Was: Crises in Communications

August 15, 2016

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The Week That Was: Crises in Communications

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Maybe we’re all a little cranky from the summer heat, but tensions are high and blame was the name of the game last week. We witnessed some of the country’s most prestigious think tanks questioned for not disclosing paid relationships....

Patient Assistance Programs: The Next Issue to put Pharm in the Penalty Box?

August 12, 2016

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Patient Assistance Programs: The Next Issue to put Pharm in the Penalty Box?

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The time was 10 AM on the morning of April 18th, 2016, when Michael Pearson, beleaguered CEO of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, sat down before the US Senate Committee on Aging hearing titled:Valeant Pharmaceuticals’ Business Model: the Repercussions for Patients and the...

Med-Sci Matters by Dr. Lizzie

August 12, 2016

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Med-Sci Matters by Dr. Lizzie

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1. A breakthrough in treating parasitic infections Parasitic infections are the cause of thousands of deaths every year. In a study published in Nature this week, a new drug was shown to cure mice infected with three different parasites. The...

Better Together: Strengthening Advocacy-Industry Partnerships

August 10, 2016

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Categories: Health and Wellness, Healthcare, Patient Communications, Uncategorized

Better Together: Strengthening Advocacy-Industry Partnerships

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Since the fall of 2015, and against a backdrop of harsh media attention to pharmaceutical pricing, patient advocacy groups that form partnerships with pharma companies have received negative coverage in the New York Times, USA Today and other publications. There...

Trust Issues: Traditional Media Hits an All Time Low

August 9, 2016

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Categories: Communications, Digital and Social Media, News Media

Trust Issues: Traditional Media Hits an All Time Low

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With the Presidential election heating up, scrutiny over media coverage of the high-profile race is also getting hot. People have long distrusted media outlets they see as opposing their specific views, but the recent cover story in New York Magazine...