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A taste of #TEDMED 2012: Main Course

The initial fare at TEDMED 2012 whet my appetite for the sessions that followed.Howard-Yana Shapiro, a plant scientist wizard, focused on how to improve nutrition in crops, rather than just the volume of the yield, and the coming crisis in feeding the world’s population...

April 20, 2012 — Judy Stone

A Taste of #TEDMED 2012: Appetizers

Innovation. Story telling. Discovery. Connections. Beauty. Heartbreak.TEDMED 2012 had it all. What seemed initially like disparate sessions later proved to be a carefully planned series that wove together important themes for making a healthier future.The three days of immersion were, at times, overwhelming, but the careful planning interspersed intense talks with music or dance, all illuminating different aspects of healing, well-being, resilience, and persistence.I was quite surprised that the conference began with an acrobatic/dance performance Traces by Les 7 doights de la main...

April 17, 2012 — Judy Stone
A Taste of #TEDMED 2012: Appetizers

A Taste of #TEDMED 2012: Appetizers

Innovation. Story telling. Discovery. Connections. Beauty. Heartbreak. TEDMED 2012 had it all. What seemed initially like disparate sessions later proved to be a carefully planned series that wove together important themes for making a healthier future...

April 17, 2012 — Judy Stone

Molecules to Medicine: FDA at a Crossroads a Tough Place to Be

I took a field trip to the big city last week, to attend the Union of Concerned Scientists’ and George Washington University School of Public Health’s conference, “FDA at a Crossroads.” I have great respect for UCS and their efforts to keep science depoliticized, a topic that I have written and spoken about...

December 7, 2011 — Judy Stone

Molecules to Medicine: Should pepper spray be put on (clinical) trial?

Pepper spray is all over the news, following the Occupy Wall Street protests, particularly following the widely disseminated images and videos of protestors being sprayed in NY, Portland, and UCDavis.Before that, I knew and occasionally used its main ingredient, capsaicin, as a treatment for my patients with shingles, an extremely painful Herpes zoster infection...

November 23, 2011 — Judy Stone
Molecules to Medicine: Pharma Trumps HIPAA?

Molecules to Medicine: Pharma Trumps HIPAA?

This past week, I was jolted out of my chair by news that a Pfizer-led group plans to buy access to patient data in hospitals. My initial reaction was anger, on a variety of levels: as a researcher, as one who is increasingly wary of the reach of huge corporations, and as an individual...

November 22, 2011 — Judy Stone

Molecules to Medicine: Pharma Trumps HIPAA?

This past week, I was jolted out of my chair by news that a Pfizer-led group plans to buy access to patient data in hospitals. My initial reaction was anger, on a variety of levels: as a researcher, as one who is increasingly wary of the reach of huge corporations, and as an individual.Actually, it is not just Pfizer doing this—a new consortium called the Partnership to Advance Clinical Electronic Research (PACeR), includes Merck, Roche, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, Hoffman-La Roche, Quintiles, and Oracle...

November 22, 2011 — Judy Stone
Lilly's Shocker, or the Post-Marketing Blues

Lilly's Shocker, or the Post-Marketing Blues

Just last week, I mentioned that Eli Lilly and Company, as a condition of approval for their blockbuster drug, was required to conduct post-marketing studies of Xigris.

November 2, 2011 — Judy Stone
Molecules to Medicine: From Test-Tube to Medicine Chest

Molecules to Medicine: From Test-Tube to Medicine Chest

We looked briefly at why drug studies came into being; now let's look at how a drug is developed, from test tube to your tissues. Every government approved drug goes through the same sequence of testing anywhere in the world...

October 19, 2011 — Judy Stone

Molecules to Medicine: From Test-Tube to Medicine Chest

We looked briefly at why drug studies came into being; now let’s look at how a drug is developed, from test tube to your tissues.Every government approved drug goes through the same sequence of testing anywhere in the world...

October 19, 2011 — Judy Stone
Molecules to Medicine: Clinical Trials for Beginners

Molecules to Medicine: Clinical Trials for Beginners

Have you ever wondered about the medicines you take—how they are developed and produced? We'll explore that in "Molecules to Medicine." This new series could be described as "medicine for muggles," intended to take the mystery out of clinical research and drug development and to provide background information so that both patients and physicians can [...]..

October 6, 2011 — Judy Stone

Bacterial Balancing Act

Bacterial Balancing Act

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