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An experimental Alzheimer’s treatment being developed by biotechnology firm Biogen Idec seemed to slow patients’ inexorable cognitive decline in a small, preliminary study. The result will probably lead to greater hope for a new strategy for drug companies: Treat Alzheimer’s patients early, when the disease is mild, and use brain imaging [...]
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; “In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead. The measles had turned into a terrible thing called measles encephalitis and there was nothing the doctors could do to save her.” Those words were written by Roald Dahl, the author of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and James [...]
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UPS engineers map out routes for their drivers consisting of "a series of right-hand loops"
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I would find this interesting if not for the case when I almost got hit by a UPS truck that was making a left turn.
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VideoA linguistic analysis done at Forbes' request indicates that Newsweek fingered the wrong man when it tried to unmask the creator of the digital currency, Bitcoin. Bitcoin allows users to conduct transactions with no or low fees and a relative degree of privacy. There is close to $8 billion of the [...]
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Stylometrics is not far from astrology as a science, as you correctly point out it can disprove far more than it can prove.  I wonder if anybody's done a statistical analysis on his name as a question of collision frequency.
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Late last year I named Gilead's Sovaldi, for the liver disease hepatitis C, the most important drug of 2013. If early prescriptions are a measure of importance, they back me up. Gilead's launch of Sovaldi is looking like the fastest drug launch ever. Hepatitis C afflicts an estimated 3 million [...]
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If we're going to have new weapons against resistant bugs, we need to raise antibiotic prices 10- to 50-fold.
Want to protect your kids from drug-resistant bacteria? Open your  wallet. Governments and insurance companies need to commit to paying 10 or 50 times more than they already do if industry is going to put resources into fighting the threat of superbugs. The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention says that drug- [...]
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Ah, I misunderstood.  Raising the price of the zpack  et al. would at best slow the apocalypse.
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Harvard psychology professor is the author of ten books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, , The Better Angels of Our Nature, and most recently, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century. It's no surprise, then, that he would have perhaps the clearest explanation of [...]
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Hi Matthew
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Tell me what you think.
Last year I gave grades to 16 large-cap pharmaceutical companies. It only seemed right to do it again.  I've given letter grades between F and A+ to all pharmaceutical companies that have market capitalizations above $50 billion (now there are 17, one more than last year). It's like high school with unpronounceable [...]
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Yesterday morning at a conference on infectious disease in Hyderabad, India, Marc Bonten, an epidemiologist from Utrecht University, the Netherlands, presented results from a giant and innovative study Pfizer conducted of its vaccine, Prevnar 13, in adults over 65. In 84,496 Dutch patients over the age of 65, those who [...]
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Leonard Schleifer, the founder and chief executive of the biotechnology company Regeneron, is now a billionaire according to Forbes' estimates. He joins only a small number of pharmaceutical industry executives to reach that level of wealth. Regeneron, based in Tarrytown, N.Y., has seen its share price increase 220% over the past [...]
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CVS, the largest pharmacy chain in the United States, will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in all of its 7,600 stores by October 1, its parent company CVS Caremark announced this morning. It is the first time any retailer has ever dropped this deadly cash cow, and it [...]
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+Peter Bailey  Fuck yeah, capitalism.  This is a bold move for a publicly-held company.
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I cover science and medicine for Forbes, and believe that this will be biology's century.
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