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Can Precision Medicine Do Better Than Precision Weather?

Looking out of my New York City window this morning at the meager 6 inches of snow on the ground I can’t help wondering if precision medicine in the foreseeable future will be able to do a better job than precision weather forecasting today. 11 more words

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Califf To Leave Duke To Become FDA Deputy Commissioner

The FDA announced today that Duke University cardiologist Robert Califf will be the next FDA Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco. The agency said that Califf will be responsible for the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health and the Center for Tobacco Products.” 10 more words

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Salt, Science, And The American Heart Association's Double Standard

Once again the American Heart Association is sticking by its recommendation that pretty much everyone should consume no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium each day. 73 more words

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Why Doctors, Like Airline Pilots, Should Not Be Completely Trusted. 

I would never get on an airplane if I didn’t feel highly confident that the pilot was fully competent. In order to fly a commercial airplane a pilot has to  undergo rigorous and continuous training and testing. 198 more words

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How Much Salt Should Old People Consume?

A new study offers fresh evidence that current salt recommendations should be taken with, well, a grain of salt. Current guidelines now recommend that everyone should have sodium intake levels below 2300 mg per day. 94 more words

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Buried Clinical Trial Data: The Dam Is About to Burst

Two important new developments may mean that many more researchers will soon be able to access and analyze data from many more clinical trials.

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