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What should be done about Health Canada? by Anita and Stephen .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy This weekend the Toronto Star published a thought-provoking op-ed arguing that in the light of Health Canada's incompetence or outright neglect (summed up pretty we ... Read on »
Side-effects reporting for drug trials + more by Anita and Stephen .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Over the years, Open Medicine authors have taken a strong interest in research ethics and particularly the dangers of overly-close or conflicted relationships with p ... Read on »
Drug safety in the news by Anita and Stephen .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy We've looked at the issue of drug safety from different angles through various Open Medicine papers. Never this one though. In today's Toronto Star.  Top ... Read on »
Funding systems and what gets funded by Anita and Stephen .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy So, IS there a creativity deficit in science ? If there is, what's causing it? This article by scientist Ben McNeil looks at publish-or-perish, the problem with prel ... Read on »
Getting medical marijuana laws right by Anita and Stephen .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy An interesting piece today relating to Canada's evolving laws on medical marijuana. The general issue is in the news all the time, these days, in everything from th ... Read on »
CBC News on Joep Lange, triple therapy for HIV, and Dr. Lange''s links to the Canadian research... by Anita and Stephen .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy "If we can get cold Coca–Cola and beer to every remote corner of Africa, it should not be impossible to do the same with drugs." More on Joep Lange, who died on M ... Read on »
Healthcare system woes by Anita and Stephen .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A recent report from the Commonwealth Fund , a non-profit, private American foundation, compares the U.S. healthcare system with a number of its international counte ... Read on »
Drug development in the sharing economy by Anita and Stephen .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Sharing—what a concept. With scientific research tending in two directions—on one hand, towards more proprietary knowledge and more expensive and limited access, and ... Read on »
Media release: Guide to noninferiority trials for novel therapies by Anita and Stephen .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A clinician’s guide to the assessment and interpretation of noninferiority trials for novel therapies Open Medicine A peer-reviewed, independent, open-access jou ... Read on »
Open Access is for patients too. by Anita and Stephen .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A flurry of study on the topic of open access--always, of course, of special interest around here--as I prepare a talk for a festival of arts and science in Toronto ... Read on »
Antiobiotic resistance: WHO report by Anita and Stephen .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy And more on antibiotic resistance:  http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/apr/30/who-calls-urgent-action-a... Topics:  antibiotic resistance ... Read on »
The costs of open access publishing by Anita and Stephen .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy A recent, information-rich report from the Wellcome Trust:  http://blog.wellcome.ac.uk/2014/03/28/the-cost-of-open-access-publishing...   Topics:  ... Read on »
Low tech biotech by Anita and Stephen .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Citizen science and the DIY (do-it-yourself) movement combine in the quest to create simple, low-cost, assembled-from-basic-materials equipment capable of carrying o ... Read on »
Multiple sclerosis and evidence-based medicine by Anita and Stephen .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy In this Guardian blog posting, an MS sufferer reflects on evidence-based medicine with clarity: Topics:  multiple sclerosis evidence-based me ... Read on »
Media release: Decision-making about complementary and alternative medicine by cancer patients:... by Anita and Stephen .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Open Medicine A peer-reviewed, independent, open-access journal. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A new integrative literature review published today in Open Medicine ... Read on »
Thinking smarter about complementary and alternative medicine by Anita and Stephen .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Coming on the heels of (a)  The biggest study so far (not yet published; still in draft form) to show that homeopathy doesn’t work better than placebo; and (b ... Read on »
Drug safety in the news by Anita and Stephen .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Open Medicine contributors Joel Lexchin and David Juurlink are both featured in Saturday's Toronto Star article on secrecy around Health Canada drug safety reviews . ... Read on »
Media release: Health system capacity and infrastructure for adopting innovations to care for... by Anita and Stephen .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Health system capacity and infrastructure for adopting innovations to care for patients with venous thromboembolic disease Open Medicine A peer-reviewed, ind ... Read on »
Bad Science by Anita and Stephen .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy If you are not familiar with Ben Goldacre, you really should do something about that.  A doctor (working now as an epidemiologist) who writes accessibly about the us ... Read on »
On Choosing Wisely, Canadian edition by Anita and Stephen .. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Healthcare Industry & Policy Choosing Wisely Canada is, of course, the Canadian version of an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine that seeks to reduce the number of unnecessary ... Read on »