Saturday, February 21, 2009

What We've Been Reading This Past Week

~ Stem-cell ‘tourists’ travel to where they have access to controversial stem-
cell therapies/ treatments.

~ Every baby born a decade from now will have its genetic code mapped at
birth
predicts head of genomics company. Just because we can, does that
mean we should?

~ More docs tell pharma reps to keep out. Does this mean no more free post-
its?

~ Comprehensive reform bill that would have banned pharma gifts to docs voted
down in Colorado.

~ Experts say consumers should have more facts in drug ads so they can make informed decisions.

~ Glaxo to cut prices on drugs sold in poor countries. They will also invest
profits in building clinics in those countries.

~ The U.S. drug industry has shifted most of its clinical trials to overseas
sites raises serious ethical concerns.

~ U.S. court: No link between vaccines and autism.

~ Pfizer owes damages for bilking Wisconsin Medicaid.

~ EU governments have no right to conceal the location of field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops.

~ Men may be their own worst enemy when it comes to their health.

~ Women on the other hand …: Coffee drinking lowers women’s stroke risk. Ooooh, imagine a Starbucks ‘pharmacy’ on every corner …

~ BUT, too much soda can kill a girl’s kidneys.

~ Deadly bacteria defy drugs, alarming doctors. Is this an argument for or against anti-bacterial soap? You decide!

~ Llama’s have unique antibodies that one day might be used to treat immune system diseases in humans.

~ Scientists have unraveled the genetic code of the common cold. Spectacular!

~ Decoy molecules drive cancer cells to suicide.

~Altered virus effectively delivers new gene to replace faulty one that causes CF and completely rids the lung of disease. I wonder if these researchers have seen I Am Legend?

~ Researchers have discovered that the good bacteria found in dairy products might also be an effective vehicle for an oral vaccine that can provide immunity to anthrax exposure.

~ A new study indicates that a pneumonia vaccine can significantly cut the risk of heart disease.

~ Oh, Baby: A prenatal link to Alzheimer's?

~ Doctors have identified two genetic mutations that control the growth and
development of malignant gliomas; maybe good news for brain tumor patients.

~ Cotton candy as a substrate to re-grow vascular tissue.

~ Biotechnology's potential barely exploited.


~ Stimulus package includes funds for comparison of the effectiveness of
medical
treatments.

~ President Obama to lift ban on embryonic stem cell research soon.

~ Scientists and doctors try to qualm public fears about vaccines and autism.

~ Scientists preparing to storm Capitol Hill on March 25 (a.k.a. the million
scientist march?). Registration ends Feb. 23.

~ No European stem cell patent for spinal cord repair.

~ Retired nurse invents cough, sneeze cover. Maybe she can convince the
airlines to make these standard issue …

~ FDA approves new and improved treatment for gout (the first in 40 ~years!).

~ But agency second guessing another …Savient gout drug faces approval delay.

~ FDA orders Bayer to correct earlier claims in Yaz birth control ad.

~ FDA deliberately backed off of "Good Laboratory Practice" requirements for
medical device makers.

~FDA wants one strain changed for next flu vaccine.

~ Orphaned baby chimpanzees cared for by humans in a loving, attentive manner have been found to be more cognitively advanced than some human infants. But, then, is this really that weird? They do share over 99% of our DNA.


~ Parody: FDA Approves Depressant Drug For The Annoyingly Cheerful.


[Thank you to Lisa von Biela, JD candidate, 2009, UMN, Editor of the BioBlurb, from which this content is partially taken and edited. BioBlurb is a weekly electronic publication of the American Bar Association's Committee on Biotechnology, Section of Science & Technology Law. Archived issues of the BioBlurb, as well as further information about the Committee on Biotechnology, are available here.]

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