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The Evolving Rules of Social Media and Healthcare

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At a recent FDA/CDER-CHPA seminar on
promoting Over the Counter [[wysiwyg_imageupload:143:]]medicines in a social media world
, experts wrestled with the fact that consumers are increasingly turning to others like themselves or other online channels for health information, data, and first-hand experiences to help them make better medical decisions. Almost half of consumers are reading someone else's commentary or experience about health or medical issues on an online news group, website, or blog. They are turning to social channels and platforms because they want customer service, immediate answers to basic questions, guidance and someone to make sense out of the cacophony of medical information. Read full post »

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For Healthcare Reform and the Coming Election, Now It’s Time to Wait and See

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Jeff Levine is an award-winning journalist who was the medical correspondent for CNN for 17 years.  He has also worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Byron Dorgan, as Washington bureau chief for WebMD, and as a media specialist at Ketchum. A guest contributor to Health-E Minds, the following post represents Jeff’s perspective on the presidential election debates, based on his opinions generated during his many years of observing and reporting on healthcare and politics. To read Jeff’s commentary on the earlier debates, click here.  – Nancy Hicks, Senior Vice President, Associate Director, Ketchum North America Healthcare Practice

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By the time this entry is published, the last
presidential debate will be over, but the final word on health care reform awaits the electoral outcome and pending legal actions by conservative opponents. Read full post »

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Is the Future of Lamb "Naturally" Polyunsaturated?

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If research underway in China ultimately results
in marketable meat, “naturally” [[wysiwyg_imageupload:140:]]polyunsaturated meats such as lamb could indeed become the norm. 

Scientists in a laboratory in China's far western region of Xinjiang have cloned a genetically modified sheep containing a "good" type of fat “found naturally in nuts, seeds, fish and leafy greens” that helps reduce the risk of heart attacks and cardiovascular disease.  But Peng Peng, as the prototype lamb is called, has an usual gene in its make-up – a gene linked to the production of polyunsaturated fatty acids but that was taken from a common round worm.  When a gene from one species is transferred to another species, the result is called a transgenic plant or animal. Read full post »

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The Presidential Debates – A Healthy Discussion?

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Jeff Levine is an award-winning journalist who was the medical correspondent for CNN for 17 years.  He has also worked on Capitol Hill for Senator Byron Dorgan, as Washington bureau chief for WebMD, and as a media specialist at Ketchum. A guest contributor to Health-E Minds, the following post represents Jeff’s perspective on the presidential election debates, based on his opinions generated during his many years of observing and reporting on healthcare and politics. – Nancy Hicks, Senior Vice President, Associate Director, Ketchum North America Healthcare Practice


With tonight’s second presidential debate
just [[wysiwyg_imageupload:139:height=167,width=253]]hours away, a look back on the first debate offers insights into what we might expect to see this evening, particularly from a healthcare reform perspective.  Read full post »

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Fallen Idol in Sports Still Stands Tall in Healthcare World

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The news was devastating.  Lance Armstrong, [[wysiwyg_imageupload:138:]]
one of the greatest athletes of our age, had just announced that he would no longer contest the USADA investigation on doping charges.  Although he did not admit to using performance enhancing drugs, and many believe he is innocent, the decision not to fight the charges was a stunning development.  As a result, Armstrong will be stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and will be permanently banned from cycling.

But while perceptions of Armstrong’s role as an athlete may be altered by this development, what about his role as a philanthropist?  With Livestrong, his cancer advocacy group, Lance Armstrong has become as prominent in the world of health as he is in the world of cycling. Read full post »