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Fox Trial Finder and You: Use It to Recruit for Your Trials or to Get Involved Yourself!

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From The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research The Michael J. Fox Foundation has launched Fox Trial Finder, a new Web tool that uses state-of-the art technology to connect potential study volunteers with the coordinators of clinical studies that need someone with their specific medical history. The goal is to benefit both study sponsors and patients by getting people into clinical trials and studies faster — speeding the development of new treatments and ultimately a Read More >

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International Rare Disease Day: Join the Movement

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By Nicole Boice, President and Founder, RARE Project Being diagnosed with any illness can be overwhelming. Imagine what it’s like, though, to be diagnosed with a disease that you’ve never heard of – maybe even one that your doctor has never seen before. Millions of people start this diagnostic odyssey on their own, with little or no support, no real direction, with feelings of isolation and fear. That’s exactly the situation in which millions of Read More >

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“Alz” Well That Ends Well: The Beta-Amyloid Debate in Alzheimer’s Research

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Researchers and clinicians alike believe there is substantial evidence to support the hypothesis that Alzheimer’s disease (AD) may be caused by deposition of amyloid beta-peptide (Abeta) in plaques in brain tissue. But drugs targeted towards the beta-amyloid have met with significant setbacks challenging whether the target is, in fact, real. With several late stage drugs targeting beta-amyloid poised for market entry, a panel of opinion leaders in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and scientific industry specialists Read More >

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The Real Reason Why Salk Refused to Patent the Polio Vaccine

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A guest writer in a recent article in the Wall Street Journal repeated the oft quoted Jonas Salk statement about his Polio vaccine: “There is no patent.  Could you patent the sun?”  Many use this statement as the moral impetus for refusing patents on medically important innovations (see Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story).  Unfortunately, Jonas Salk created a myth that day by leaving out several crucial details. As pointed out by Robert Cook-Deegan at Read More >

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IBM’s Watson: From Jeopardy! to Drug Research

IBM's Watson Computer System Plays Jeopardy! in a Practice Round

Bits of technology from I.B.M.’s Watson are beginning to be used in actual products available to corporate clients. The cloud-based Strategic Intellectual Property Insight Platform “uses data mining, natural-language processing and analytics to pore through millions of patent filings and biomedical journals to look for chemical compounds used in drug discovery.” As a byproduct of this project, I.B.M. is contributing their research to the searchable NIH chemical database, which will ease access to information previously Read More >

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