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Why The Internet Stinks-- Part 1

Like many other bloggers and journalists I get a lot of unsolicited and unwanted pitches. For years I just threw them in the trash. Now I’m going to share some of these gems with the rest of you. 8 more words

Fact Check: NY Times Heart Disease Series Gets It Right-- Mostly

In my opinion Gina Kolata, who writes for the New York Times, is the most extravagantly talented and gifted  health and science reporter working today. Her virtues are abundantly evident in… 803 more words

Prevention, Epidemiology & Outcomes

Embattled Laboratory Files For Bankruptcy

Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc., the embattled lab company, has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy. The once high flying company, which was founded in 2009 and  174 more words

Policy & Ethics

Another One Bites The Dust: On The Death Of A Social Media Site For Doctors

Like a certain late lamented parrot, CardioExchange is no more. It has ceased to be.

The website was started by the New England Journal of Medicine… 82 more words

Novartis' Summer Blockbuster LCZ696 Gains A Name, Skips An Advisory Panel

Entresto. That’s the brand name Novartis has chosen for LCZ696, its new heart failure drug that is expected to be a blockbuster. The name won’t be final until official confirmation, which comes with FDA approval. 96 more words

People, Places & Events

Diet Drug Study Crashes And Burns In The Wake Of Leaked Results

The ill-fated Light trial, which was supposed to examine the cardiovascular outcomes of the weight loss drug Contrave, a combination of naltrexone and bupropion marketed by Orexigen and Takeda, came to a spectacular halt today. 106 more words

Policy & Ethics

Prominent Harvard Cardiologist Moves To Google X To Head Large Study

Here’s a clear sign of the ascending role of digital/precision/personalized medicine: a prominent cardiologist has left a top academic and clinical position in Boston to run a large, innovative study in Silicon Valley. 81 more words

Policy & Ethics