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08.03.12 | By Kaelan Hollon

Reuters posted a story yesterday linking a higher risk of gout when people put weight. Gout is an incredibly painful arthritic condition that occurs when a person produces too much uric acid, or their body can't really get rid of what's being normally produced.

08.02.12

Recent basic research into possible cancer stem cells may be bearing fruit.

08.02.12 | By Jennifer Wall

I continue to be amazed by some of the stories I've read on social media sites about young whiz kids who are taking science to a whole new level.

07.31.12 | By Kaelan Hollon

You know the feeling when a great idea starts picking up speed? You throw out an idea in a crowded conference room, and it starts to gel as coworkers add to it, and suddenly what seemed to be the offhand result of too much caffeine on a Tuesday morning turns into a full-blown national campaign - the "BOOM" moment, as I like to call it. That's what the folks at Drugfree.org must be feeling like right now with "The Medicine Abuse Project."

07.27.12

A physician, equipped with the latest medical and scientific information, prescribes a medicine as the best course of treatment for a patient. The patient follows the doctor's orders, takes the medicine as prescribed and has a positive health outcome.

A remarkable event?

Hardly. This is what doctors do.

07.27.12 | By Christian Clymer

Yesterday we wrapped up a successful PhRMA Social Media Summit at Astellas' Americas HQ, focusing on best practices and information sharing with a presentation from the American Medical Association (AMA).

07.27.12 | By Mark Grayson

Today we have another guest post from James Sykes, Advocacy Manager for HealthHIV, an organization offering support for people living with, or at risk for, HIV/AIDS by providing education, capacity building, health services research, and advocacy to organizations, communities and professionals.

07.26.12 | By Christian Clymer

Yesterday was the first day of the PhRMA Social Media Summit at Astellas' Americas HQ, where the focus was innovation for the biopharmaceutical industry. We heard from a number of industry and media experts, which prompted critical questions and discussions throughout the day.

07.26.12 | By Mark Grayson

Today we have a guest post from James Sykes, Advocacy Manager for HealthHIV, an organization offering support for people living with, or at risk for, HIV/AIDS by providing education, capacity building, health services research, and advocacy to organizations, communities and professionals.

07.25.12

I saw this item today on potential progress against Alzheimer's disease that is worth a look.

07.24.12 | By Mark Grayson

Today we have an interview with Carl Schmid, Deputy Executive Director for The AIDS Institute, a national nonprofit organization that promotes action for social change through public policy research, advocacy and education.

07.24.12 | By Mark Grayson

The Center for Safe Internet Pharmacy announced a new campaign to educate consumers about buying prescription drugs online.

07.23.12 | By Jennifer Wall

Today we have a guest post from Marybeth McGuire, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Boehringer Ingelheim.

07.19.12 | By Kate Connors

Tomorrow, I leave PhRMA to try my hand at something new. It feels like a lifetime since I've been here - nearly six years. That's roughly one sixth of my 32 years, and longer than I've done anything in my life except for elementary school and aunthood.

07.18.12

Dr. John Lechleiter, Chairman of PhRMA's Board of Directors, has a piece worth reading over at Forbes today.

07.18.12 | By Jon Tripp

Jim would have been 64 this year. However, eight years ago today Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Police Captain James Myers was killed in a senseless act of violence at his farm in rural South Carolina.

I remember when I got the call - I was coming through the garage door having just returned from church that Sunday night.

07.17.12

I want to call attention to a recent Roll Call op-ed by Congressman Rick Larsen (D-Wash.) and Ed Gerwin, a senior fellow for trade at Third Way.

07.12.12 | By Preet Bilinski

Mental illness is not something you can see. There are millions of people who live with mental illnesses that go unseen. These diseases are biological brain disorders that have nothing to do with a person's character, and, like other illnesses, they require medical treatment for healing.

07.12.12

The other night, I watched a new police procedural on television. While the ultimate "bad guy" was a murderer who was part of a love triangle, at least one nefarious character under suspicion for the crime was a drug company scientist.

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