23andMe, the Google-backed personal genetics startup, will no longer just sell tests to consumers, or genetic data to pharmaceutical companies. This morning, it announced that it plans to start inventing medicines itself

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Developed by medical faculty at Duke, the University of Pittsburgh and several other medical schools, “Oncotalk” is part of a burgeoning effort to teach doctors an essential but often overlooked skill: clinical empathy

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A plain-spoken philosopher who preached that doctors should consider fairness and morality, as well as medical issues, in making life-or-death decisions about patient care, died on Monday in Galveston, Tex. He was 69.

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Johns Hopkins researchers present groundbreaking work defining treatment with respect and dignity in the ICU

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Homeopathy is not effective for treating any health condition, Australia’s top body for medical research has concluded, after undertaking an extensive review of existing studies. Report says ‘people who choose homeopathy may put their health at risk if they reject or delay treatments’

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“In a simplistic sense, biologics are typically much larger molecules, usually made by living organisms,” Siegel says. “They can be antibodies whereas most drugs are smaller chemical entities that can be synthesized in the laboratory,” he explains

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The FDA is proposing to allow pharmaceutical companies to contradict official safety warnings in sales presentations to customers. While an FDA warning about a drug’s dangers can scare off buyers, the new proposal would allow the companies to present customers with information that undermines official warnings as long as it comes from a peer-reviewed journal article

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TIE’s Aaron Carrol Blogs: I dragged myself out of bed this morning for day 59 of P90X3, and when I got back upstairs, I found my wife in a panic. Evidently, she had seen stories like this on Facebook: Popular sleep remedies and hayfever pills ‘increase risk of Alzheimer’s by more than 50%’

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