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Department Of Justice, CVS Caremark, Fraud and WhistleBlowers

May 24 2018 - 09:05

A quick review of the fraud allegations levied against CVS Caremark, one of the largest providers of prescription services in the US by the Department of Justice. Spoiler alert - it is going to cost us no matter how the case is decided

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'Will Somebody Find Me A One-Handed Scientist?!'

May 24 2018 - 07:05

There is a common complaint I get from the public: scientists who know the most about a topic are often the least able to give people a straight answer.

We know this is true, but we also know science can be complex. We all want the easy narrative, the definitive response, but that is not always realistic.

However, it is almost always necessary because regulations will happen.

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Betty Crocker: Pro-GMO and Proud of It

May 23 2018 - 18:05

Given the thoroughly unscientific and litigious milieu in which we live, companies find themselves scrambling to appease the uneducated Twitter mob and apologizing for being in business. That's why it's such a breath of fresh air when a company stands up to the hysteria and gives a full-throated endorsement of science.

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'Sun-Protection' Pills are Fraudulent and Harmful, FDA Warns

May 23 2018 - 14:05

"There’s no pill or capsule that can replace your sunscreen."

And with that straightforward comment, part of a written statement from Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, the Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to purchase alleged sun-protection supplements from four companies because they do not work.

In addition, the public needs to be warned that taking these products misleads consumers and delivers a "false sense of security," which puts "people at risk." 

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Thank You, FDA! This Action Against OTC Anesthetics For Babies Is Overdue

May 23 2018 - 13:05

Society often pathologizes normal development. When this is done, a medicine must be made for treatment (needed or not). The FDA just called out a group of over-the-counter drugs for being harmful and without benefit for such a condition - this time it's infant teething.

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The Disease-Mongering of the American Diet

May 23 2018 - 08:05

For most of our evolutionary history, humans worried about food — finding and eating food were constant and dangerous struggles. Death was always near.

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FDA Targets Kratom Supplement Hucksters Claiming To Tame Opioid Addiction

May 23 2018 - 07:05

Three companies involved in kratom supplements have received warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for illegally selling unapproved drug products containing kratom, not to mention claims that they help in the treatment of opioid addiction and withdrawal, treat pain, and can aid in other medical conditions like lowering blood pressure, treating cancer and reducing neuron damage caused by strokes.

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A New Drug May Keep Those With Celiac Disease Gluten Free

May 22 2018 - 21:05

For people with celiac disease, gluten enemy #1. For some celiac patients, an exposure to gluten can make them sick for days with pain, vomiting and diarrhea while causing intestinal damage. And, maintaining a 100% gluten free diet can be challenging, creating a great need for therapeutics to help keep the body free of gluten, even if a mistake happens. 

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NSF Gets Huge Funding Boost, Yet Won't Thank a Republican Supporter

May 22 2018 - 19:05

The ingratitude expressed by the National Science Foundation over a huge funding increase for an important project is inexplicable.

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The Ultimate Irony: China Pushes Alternative Remedies For Pain. While It Makes Our Fentanyl.

May 22 2018 - 14:05

There is crazy and there is crazy. This is both. Researchers in China are exploring herbs and acupuncture to treat pain and perhaps mitigate the carnage of the opioid fentanyl crisis. Where does the fentanyl come from? China. Go figure. 

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Commissioner Gottlieb's Proposals on Drug Prices Need To Be Grounded In Reality

May 22 2018 - 09:05

We need to control pharmaceutical prices. FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb has a number of proposals, but we need to make sure that they are both practical and effective.

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Secretary Gottlieb's Proposals on Drug Prices Need To Be Grounded In Reality

May 22 2018 - 09:05

We need to control pharmaceutical prices and Secretary Gottlieb has a number of proposals, but we need to make sure that they are both practical and effective.

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Plagues from the Permafrost: Will Thawing Ice Bring Back the Curse of the Mummy’s Tomb?

May 22 2018 - 07:05

Nearly a century ago, Lord Carnavon, who attended the opening of King Tut’s Tomb, died shortly afterwards, in April 1923. At the time, the sensational media linked his death to supernatural causes activated by the curse of the mummy’s tomb. More recently, this tale was rationalized by suggesting that his death was due to ancient disease causing microbes, lurking in the tomb, rather than supernatural influences.

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The War On Ebola Moves To Offense

May 22 2018 - 07:05

Throughout its history, ebola has caused humanity to hunker down and hope for the best. It is a three-tool implement of devastation; a contagious, hemorrhagic, deadly virus.

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Crazy-Steep LA Street to Get New Safety Measures

May 22 2018 - 07:05

With scores of unwitting drivers in Los Angeles, using navigation apps, being re-routed to one of the steepest streets in the country – and not having any idea of the frightening toll they'd pay for taking the road less traveled – city officials just announced new safety measures that are being put in place.

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Add ADHD Meds To Call Burden For Poison Control Centers

May 21 2018 - 22:05

A new study details the call burden on US Poison Control Centers of unintentional and intentional exposures to medications used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Just substitute the substance and read why it's the same story, different day.

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For Healthy Aging, We Need To Fight The Dark Side of Evolution

May 21 2018 - 14:05

Science, technology, engineering, and medicine have brought wonderful improvements in our lives. We have greater longevity and lower infant mortality thanks to plentiful food, clean water, affordable energy, antibiotics, vaccines, and more.

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Five Days. 50 Events. Go to Know - World Science Festival is Almost Here

May 21 2018 - 08:05

Every year since 2008, the World Science Festival (WSF) has brought cutting edge science programs to New York City. If you love science and are looking for something to do next weekend (May 30th - June 3rd) check out the website at www.worldsciencefestival.com to take a look at the wide array of events. After taking a deep dive into the program this weekend, to choose which events I will be attending, I can say that they really seem to have outdone themselves this year. There is truly something for everyone.

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Are Most Clinical Trials Unethical?

May 21 2018 - 07:05

A premature infant is born with a form of severe lung injury that carries a 20% chance of survival. Her physician decides to throw a medical “Hail Mary” and try an untested adult technique to bypass the injured lungs. The infant survives, and after a few more tries, the physician realizes that the survival rate may be as high as 80% with this new treatment. Does he know enough that the treatment should become standard practice, or is a randomized clinical trial required?

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Are You Crazy? Why Patients Use Complementary Medicine

May 21 2018 - 06:05

A recent study in JAMA reported on the possible effects of acupuncture on women undergoing in vitro fertilization. 848 women undergoing in vitro fertilization (IVF) in Australia and New Zealand with half receiving three treatments with acupuncture during an IVF cycle and the other half undergoing sham acupuncture with less invasive needles at body points unrecognized as credible acupuncture points. The results, 18.3% live births in the acupuncture group, 17.8% in the sham control group. Acupuncture made no difference.

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