The scene at the FDA hearing was familiar. All the advisory committees have seen it play out again and again. Yesterday, it was the Pulmonary-Allergy Drug committee: The pharma doc with the convincing statement. The weeping patients. The drug likely to cost a couple thousand a month offering a slim benefit over an existing drugs. … Continue reading Should the FDA approve Vertex’s new cystic fibrosis drug?
We link to a CommonHealth guest post by a Spaulding Rehab doc Eric Leskowitz. He promotes new age approach to pain known as "energy medicine " and says he's been dismissed by Wikipedia as a "quack" despite his peer-reviewed work and Harvard cred Hard to disagree with the first part of Wikipedia's response to a petition … Continue reading @CommonHealth: Wikipedia and “energy” therapist clash over definition of “respectable scientific journals”
My latest for HealthLeaders Media looks at Public Citizen charges that a health screening program overstates the promise of its services. Public Citizen takes issue with company claims that cardiac screening saves lives. After issuing am initial statement criticizing Public Citizen as proponent of "government-run health care", HealthFair now says it wants to work with … Continue reading Supported by evidence? Mobile health screening gets scrutinized
On deadline today, but will be keeping an eye on this. You can too. The world of science writers has a dual problem that we have confronted recently, involving issues of sexual equality and of sexual harassment. As an initial step toward grappling with these problems, the National Association of Science Writers held a session … Continue reading Science writers meet in Cambridge MA to discuss the shabby treatment of female sci scribes
Carolyn Y. Johnson’s "Science in Mind" blog in the Globe, which is buried in the print version of the paper and difficult to find online. (Hover over "News" and it's in the menu to the right.) Science reporting is hard. Writers have to find a spot between jargon spewing and oversimplification. The “why should I care?” bar … Continue reading The Boston Globe’s science blog is worth digging for
Two Boston-linked stories today on the genetics of Autism. From the Scientist Last year a team of Australian scientists claimed to have developed a genetic test that predicts risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) with "72 percent accuracy."y night at a Boston fundraiser in support of his research into the functioning of brain synapses in autism The Scientists … Continue reading Genetics and autism: One study, one story
A WBUR host on fundraising duty this morning talked about how NIH has figured out a way around the federal shutdown to get a so-called life-saving treatment to a Cape Cod man in a drug study. The fact is, if you are in a clinical trial, no one can promise that you are getting a … Continue reading Therapeutic misconception: Reporting on the Cape Cod clinical trial participant