Getting it right in the beginning

Getting it right in the beginning

How can we increase the odds of successfully developing a medicine? 

A study this week in the journal Nature says it goes all the way back to the initial experiments that are done on mice. If mouse studies were done more carefully, scientists would know more quickly which medicines would be successful for testing in humans.

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Location, location, location: the intersection of zip code and health

Location, location, location: the intersection of zip code and health

This article from the NYT  linking income and smoking underscores the health disparities that exist based on where you live. According to a new analysis of federal smoking data, smoking—which is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the US—is increasingly a habit of the poor and working class.

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"I’m In"…..are you? Making strides to increase diversity in clinical trials

The face of America is changing. According to US Census Bureau data, those who identify themselves as Hispanic, Black, Asian, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander or mixed race will account for 51% of the US population by 2050. Unfortunately, with these changes come challenges that may affect the quality of care for these populations.

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Rare Disease Day: Inspired to develop new treatments for patients

Rare Disease Day:  Inspired to develop new treatments for patients

Today is Rare Disease Day and the rare disease community is marking the day by inviting everyone to “join together for better care.” The rare disease community is unique and a very active partner in all aspects of healthcare. Community members openly share information about their conditions to generate awareness. They also work closely with the pharmaceutical industry and academia to develop unique therapies and actively promote transparency in research and education to benefit everyone. We have a lot in common!

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