Everyone Wants Pharmaceutical Breakthroughs. What Drives Drug Companies to Pursue Them?

When choosing which new products to develop, companies must decide how much they want to innovate. Should they make an incremental improvement on an existing product? Or should they create something entirely new? Dimitris Papanikolaou, a professor of finance at Kellogg, explored how this choice plays out in the pharmaceutical industry. Some researchers argue that


The New Nonprofit Pharmaceutical World: What’s Up with That?

Two new nonprofit pharmaceutical companies, Civica Rx and Harm Reduction Therapeutics, have declared they want to help patients see more money in their pockets by manufacturing low-cost generic drugs. With public trust in for-profit pharmas at an all-time low, especially when it comes to their relationships with a special brand of self-serving philanthropy, they’d better

2018-09-13T07:49:36+00:00 Tags: |

4 million children in UK too poor to have healthy diet

London (CNN)Nearly 4 million children in the UK live in households that struggle to afford fruit, vegetables and other foods conducive to a healthy lifestyle, according to a report by the Food Foundation. The organization's analysis found that the poorest fifth of families would have to spend 42% of their after-housing income on food to

2018-09-10T06:45:18+00:00 Tags: |

Hospitals Prepare To Launch Their Own Drug Company To Fight High Prices And Shortages

Sometimes IV bags are hard for hospitals to come by. Other times it's injectable folic acid to treat anemias. Right now, the tissue-numbing agent lidocaine is in short supply. Shortages of commonplace generic drugs have plagued hospitals in recent years. And with short supplies and fewer suppliers for key drugs, there have been price increases. Hospital purchasing agents keep

City start-up’s drones to deliver blood, medicines to rural areas

Three enterprising individuals, including one from Nagpur, in the age group of 23 to 25 are all set to transform and revolutionize the supply of blood to patients in remote, rural areas. They will be using drones to deliver not just blood but also vaccines, emergency medicines, anti-snake venom serum, and life-saving equipment like defibrillators

2018-09-07T07:32:26+00:00 Tags: |

This app wants to cure insomnia and cut patients’ costs in clinical trials

While the most talked-about issue related to sleep is how people struggle to stay awake during the day, some actually find it difficult to doze off. According to a 2017 meta-analysis by researchers, 15 percent of general Chinese population suffer from insomnia, with younger adults reporting increased frequency compared to older adults. Insomnia is a

2018-09-07T07:24:52+00:00 Tags: |

8,000 new antibiotic combinations are surprisingly effective

Scientists have traditionally believed that combining more than two drugs to fight harmful bacteria would yield diminishing returns. The prevailing theory is that that the incremental benefits of combining three or more drugs would be too small to matter, or that the interactions among the drugs would cause their benefits to cancel one another out.

2018-09-05T07:15:22+00:00 Tags: |

How Weight Loss is Linked to Future Health for Older Adults

Studies describing the effects of weight loss on health rarely consider age. However, weight loss during middle age likely has different effects on your health than does weight loss when you’re 65-years-old or older—especially when you’re older than 85. Although some studies have found that weight loss in older adults is generally linked to an

2018-09-04T09:32:06+00:00 Tags: |

Why the “Glycome” Is the Next Big Thing in Health and Medicine

When you think of sugar, you probably think of the sweet, white, crystalline table sugar that you use to make cookies or sweeten your coffee. But did you know that within our body, simple sugar molecules can be connected together to create powerful structures that have recently been found to be linked to health problems,

2018-09-03T07:28:52+00:00 Tags: |

Long-term cooking with coal, wood, or charcoal associated with cardiovascular death

Long-term use of coal, wood, or charcoal for cooking is associated with an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, according to a study presented today at ESC Congress 2018.1 Dr Derrick Bennett, study author, University of Oxford, UK, said: "Our study suggests that people who use solid fuels for cooking should switch to electricity

2018-08-27T16:04:01+00:00 Tags: |

Cannabis only surpassed by schizophrenia in premature brain aging

In the largest known brain imaging study, scientists from Amen Clinics (Costa Mesa, CA), Google, John's Hopkins University, University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, San Francisco evaluated 62,454 brain SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) scans of more than 30,000 individuals from 9 months old to 105 years of age to

2018-08-27T16:14:59+00:00 Tags: |

Study finds behavioral changes insufficient at preventing early childhood obesity

Young children and their families in poor communities were able to make some achievable and sustainable behavioral changes during the longest and largest obesity prevention intervention, but, in the end, the results were insufficient to prevent early childhood obesity. The results of the Growing Right Onto Wellness (GROW) trial, released today in JAMA, showed a

2018-08-26T07:41:57+00:00 Tags: |

Working group may vet plan to check fake drugs

NEW DELHI: India’s central drug regulator is creating a working group to critically appraise its proposal to set up a “trace and track” mechanism to weed out fake medicines from the market using unique codes. The working group, comprising pharmaceutical association representatives and members of the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation, is to submit its

2018-08-21T08:28:29+00:00 Tags: |

FDA Approves Teva’s Generic Version of Mylan’s EpiPen

Israel’s Teva Pharmaceuticals shares rallied after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Thursday the company’s generic version of the best-selling, lifesaving allergy injection EpiPen. Although Teva didn’t say when it would begin sales of its product or its price, the approval promises to turn the company into a champion for the millions of Americans who use

Why Are Black And Latino Kids More Likely To Die Of Certain Cancers?

When it comes to cancer survival, the United States is sharply divided by race. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the cancer death rate for African-Americans is 25 percent higher than whites, and Hispanics and Latinos are more likely to be diagnosed with cancer at a late, and more dangerous, stage of

2018-08-21T08:16:14+00:00 Tags: |

Antidepressant restores brain cell youthful flexibility

A new study provides fresh evidence that the decline in the capacity of brain cells to change (called “plasticity”), rather than a decline in total cell number, may underlie some of the sensory and cognitive declines associated with normal brain aging. Scientists at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and memory show that inhibitory interneurons in

2018-08-21T07:54:23+00:00 Tags: |