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Psychology Researcher And Best-Selling Author Steven Pinker Explains #TheDress — Harvard psychology professor is the author of ten books, including The Language Instinct, How the Mind Works, The Blank Slate, , The Better Angels of Our Nature, and most recently, The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century.

Advice From Leonard Nimoy: Want To Live Long And Prosper? Don't Smoke — Leonard Nimoy, famous for playing the half-breed, super-logical alien Spock on "Star Trek," died this morning of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), caused by years of smoking tobacco -- even though he gave up the habit three decades ago. Don't smoke. I did. Wish I never had. LLAP - Leonard Nimoy [...]

What You Should Know Before Watching Vice's Special About Curing Cancer — Video Tomorrow night at 10 pm on the east and west coasts of the United States, Vice, the TV arm of the fast-growing Vice media empire, will air a special on HBO that posits that scientists are closing in on a cure for cancer. "Today in real time there is a revolution [...]

Docs Don't Need Fixing -- Medicare Does — The American people sent a message loud and clear in last year's elections: it's time for change. Now that the dust has settled and the House and Senate are back to work again, physicians are calling on policymakers to listen to the American public's call to end the Washington game [...]

What 23andMe's FDA Approval Means For The Future Of Genomics — Last night, the Food and Drug Administration approved a test made by 23andMe, the Mountain View, Calif.-based personal genetics company, for a gene that can cause a rare disorder called Bloom Syndrome, which causes short stature and a heightened risk of cancer. The test is most relevant for people who are expecting [...]

How Pfizer Is Using Big Data To Power Patient Care — Not so long ago, nearly every encounter with a doctor started with a receptionist waving a clipboard and asking me to take a seat. When I got into my doctor's office, we'd discuss the results from the blood test I'd taken the week before, my history and what I remembered [...]

The Un-Starbucks Success To American Health Care — Every morning at Starbucks I order a grande cappuccino with an extra shot of espresso, "easy on the foam." Without fail, Amanda, my local barista, delivers my coffee exactly as I ordered it. Across the country in thousands of Starbucks stores each day, millions of Americans order their beverages according [...]

Stocks To Watch If You're Betting on the Brain — This is a companion piece to Brain Boom: The Drug Companies Bringing Neuroscience Back From The Brink. Advances in genetics and our understanding of brain disease are leading to a renewed interest in companies that focus on neuroscience. Want to invest in some? Below is our red-yellow-green take on eight stocks in the space.

Neuroscience Treatments To Watch — This article is a companion piece to Brain Boom: The Drug Companies Bringing Neuroscience Back From The Brink. Breakthroughs in genetics and sheer stubbornness on the part of drug developers could soon lead to new drugs for intractable brain diseases. Here's a look at what's happening in five different areas: DEPRESSION Outlook: Very good.

The Coming Boom In Brain Medicines — TONY COLES COULD have had any job he wanted in the drug industry. In five years at the helm of cancer drug developer Onyx Pharmaceuticals he increased its market cap eightfold by purchasing an experimental blood cancer drug for $800 million, developing it into a big seller and flipping the whole company to Amgen for $10.4 billion in October 2013.
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Feb 28, 2015

RT @DavidJuurlink: "Hey, remember that time you got polio? No, you don't. Because your parents got you f*#%ing vaccinated."

Feb 28, 2015

RT @jamie_love: Compulsory Licensing not restricted to "Emergencies" or "Measure of Last Resort"

Feb 28, 2015

It's rare disease day. Here's my favorite rare disease story I wrote last year:

Feb 28, 2015

RT @ForbesTech: Rock star psychologist Steven Pinker explains why that blue dress looks white:

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