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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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Brains, bytes and biology – Day One of SXSW Interactive

March 10, 2012

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Categories: Digital and Social Media

Brains, bytes and biology – Day One of SXSW Interactive

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The first day of SXSW Interactive is always a bit overwhelming with 250,000 enthusiastic festival goers descending on the Austin Convention Center fueled by Starbucks and hope. Today was no exception and the bedlam was compounded by winter finally arriving...

HBA and CCC Team on Health Leaders Breakfast Series

March 6, 2012

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Categories: Global Healthcare, Health Policy and Access

HBA and CCC Team on Health Leaders Breakfast Series

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The conversation around healthcare in the United States is fast moving. Often, the dialogue involves women leaders in Washington who have both front row seats on the debate that precedes key decisions and a voice in shaping the debate. Over...

SXSW Interactive Conference and the Convergence of Health and Technology

March 6, 2012

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Categories: Digital and Social Media, Global Healthcare

SXSW Interactive Conference and the Convergence of Health and Technology

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About 50,000 people are registered this year to attend South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual 10-day digital, music and film event that receives widespread media attention. SXSW Interactive is a great place to get a look at new technologies and...

Obesity: A Matter of Health, Not a Matter of Opinion

February 23, 2012

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Categories: Global Healthcare

Obesity: A Matter of Health, Not a Matter of Opinion

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Yesterday, an FDA Advisory panel overwhelmingly recommended approving the obesity drug, Qnexa in a 20-2 vote. This marks the first time in 13 years that an obesity drug could see approval. While the FDA has yet to act on the...

Advantages of Unbranded Direct-to-Consumer Programs

February 21, 2012

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Categories: Patient Communications

Advantages of Unbranded Direct-to-Consumer Programs

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Pharmaceutical companies amass tremendous knowledge and expertise in the process of researching new drugs, much of which is never shared. But this knowledge can find a home in unbranded direct-to-consumer (DTC) campaigns that are a vehicle for sharing information with...

Having Good Conversations Helps Businesses Thrive

February 17, 2012

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Categories: Internal Communications

Having Good Conversations Helps Businesses Thrive

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Bob Chandler’s post last week on employee happiness reminded me again of the importance of happy employees to business success. According to a study of more than 300 companies in varying industries, those that practice effective communications have 47 percent...

The Internet is Almost as Powerful as a Soft Drink

February 15, 2012

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Categories: Digital and Social Media, Global Healthcare

The Internet is Almost as Powerful as a Soft Drink

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A couple of months ago I spent some time in India on vacation. I’ve been several times as my wife is from Pune, outside of Mumbai. One of the highlights for me on each trip is visiting with the family,...

Internal Communications – Focus Groups for Free?

February 14, 2012

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Categories: Internal Communications

Internal Communications – Focus Groups for Free?

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In an industry increasingly concerned with measurement and evaluation, internal communications is one aspect of our business where genuine metrics remain a relative rarity. Typically, success is viewed as the workforce having been informed of company news, delivered as easily...

Trend to Watch: Greater Accountability in Healthcare

February 8, 2012

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Categories: Health Policy and Access, What's Vital

Trend to Watch: Greater Accountability in Healthcare

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As communications counselors, it is important to stay abreast of healthcare and communications trends to keep strategies and tactics fresh and to develop relevant, impactful programs. An understanding of broad trends and their implications keeps us smart and a step...

Happiness as a Business Asset

February 7, 2012

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Categories: Internal Communications

Happiness as a Business Asset

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Over at the Harvard Business Review this week there’s a discussion on the relationship between happiness and business outcomes. Penned by author and academic Shawn Achor, the blog post’s mantra for managers is that happiness is a business asset. A...