Day: July 23, 2021

STAT+: Up and down the ladder: The latest comings and goings

Hired someone new and exciting? Promoted a rising star? Finally solved that hard-to-fill spot? Share the news with us, and we’ll share it with others. That’s right. Send us your changes, and we’ll find a home for them. Don’t be shy. Everyone wants to know who is coming and going. And here is our regular […]

STAT+: Pharmalittle: Biogen’s ‘symptom quiz’ for Aduhelm draws fire; most U.S. clinical trials flunk transparency rules

Good morning. Elizabeth Cooney sitting in for Ed Silverman on what from here looks like a perfect summer day. Before you leave your laptop for the weekend, here are some news items to ponder. As Ed would say, fire up some stimulation and keep us in mind should you have spicy tips to share. Even […]

Opinion: Patient advocacy organizations and FDA drug approval: lessons from Aduhelm

In the wake of last month’s controversial Food and Drug Administration approval of Biogen’s Aduhelm, Alzheimer’s Association CEO Harry Johns condemned the “negative voices” concentrating on the flaws in the FDA’s approval as “not pro-patient.” The Alzheimer’s Association wasn’t the only patient advocacy organization applauding the FDA’s questionable decision, which was based on changes in […]

How concerned should we be about breakthrough coronavirus infections? One expert weighs in

In the past week, you may have heard about Olympic athletes who are fully vaccinated getting positive Covid tests or people in Provincetown, Mass., or Texas Democrats or the New York Yankees. These are called breakthrough infections, and they’re causing a lot of anxiety about whether the vaccines hold up against the hyper-transmissible Delta variant. […]

Why is Delta such a big deal? And other burning questions about the next phase of the Covid-19 pandemic

The rise of the Delta variant has driven new Covid-19 outbreaks, rattled markets, and reminded us that — for all the progress made in the fight against the pandemic — vulnerabilities persist. In the United States, where the variant is estimated to be causing more than 4 out of 5 new infections, largely among the […]

Opinion: Medicine needs to see what disability means, looks like, and feels like — in its ranks and in its patients

Licensers, employers, and others have asked about my status: disabled or not disabled? The first time I read this question in my new job’s onboarding forms, I was struck by the implied permanence and the dichotomy of the two choices. Read the rest…

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