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January 13, 2015
[Gizmodo] Today, 23andMe announced what Forbes reports is only the first of ten deals with big biotech companies: Genentech will pay up to $60 million for access to 23andMe’s data to study Parki nson’s. You think 23andMe was about selling fun DNA spit tests for $99 a pop? Nope, it’s been about selling your data all along. Since 23andMe started in […]
September 2, 2014
[NPR] No one likes it when a new drug in people’s medicine cabinets turns out to have problems — just remember the Vioxx debacle a decade ago, when the painkiller was removed from the market over concerns that it increased the risk of heart attack and stroke. To do a better job of spotting unforeseen risks […]
June 27, 2014
Big brother may be watching you — no, not the one you’re thinking of, but one a lot closer to you: your local hospital or health care system. Some hospital systems are now obtaining credit card transaction data about local populations, plugging the data into algorithms that identify those people most likely to get sick, then trying to intervene to prevent them from getting sick... // Read More »
June 18, 2014
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
How are you? How are you feeling? These used to be straightforward greetings with simple answers. “I’m fine.” I’m doing well.” “I had been feeling ill but am much better now.” Or even “I keep struggling with diet and exercise.”
However, in the age of accountability, our society has become less comfortable with fuzzy statements and prefers to quantify everything possible, irrespective of whether it’s meaningful.…
May 13, 2014
[Nature] Minnesota will once again allow blood spots to be kept and used for further research following routine newborn screening of genetic and congenital diseases, thanks to a bill signed into law by the state’s governor, Mark Dayton, this week. But privacy advocates opposing the law say that they will keep fighting to prevent newborns’ […]
May 1, 2014
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
I just finished reading the popular fiction novel Cell by Robin Cook. This medical thriller revolves around George Wilson, a radiology resident who finds people dying suddenly after receiving diagnoses of terminal illnesses including his fiancé and next-door-neighbor.…
February 12, 2014
by Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD
I recently saw a subspecialist for a medical procedure. I had never met this physician before so as he sat down to review what was going on in the monitor in front of him, the first thing he asked me was what I did for a living. …
January 1, 2014
by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
Happy New Year. The ending of one year and the beginning of another is often a time for reflection, for reviewing the year that has passed and for making plans/predictions for the year to come.…
June 4, 2013
Craig Klugman, Ph.D.
Big brother is watching you. And calling you. And selling your medical information to a pharmaceutical corporation.
In the modern age of information as commodity, drugmakers buy database that tell them how much of what drug each doctor prescribes, which patients fill those prescriptions, and whether renewals are filled.…
January 23, 2013
Jennifer Chevinksy, B.S.
The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) has recently denounced the actions of neurologist Dr. Rustico Jimenez who publicly commented on the health status of boxer and politician, Manny Pacquiao.…
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January 27, 2015 6:54 pm
The new year is off to a fast start with a new state budget. Gov. Jerry Brown hinted at what would be the centerpieces of his historic fourth and final term when he was sworn in on Monday. He is focused on education, combating climate change and building the state’s controversial high-speed rail system, which broke ground in Fresno on Tuesday.
January 16, 2015 1:02 pm
When a human subject is involved with a scientific study, researchers must obtain informed consent, right? Well, if the study in question involves genomics research, the answer isn’t so clear.
January 13, 2015 12:50 pm
Computers can be better at predicting our personality than our friends and family, an experiment with tens of thousands of volunteers has indicated.
September 16, 2014 5:18 pm
Paul McMillan sent his winged monkey scanners out looking for computers that have remote access software on them, but no password. In just that short hour, the results came pouring in: thousands of computers on port 5900 using a program called VNC for remote access.
September 15, 2014 5:14 pm
Two of California’s largest health insurers are partnering to create a massive database of patient medical records. But the system faces significant technological challenges and privacy concerns.
August 19, 2014 5:40 pm
The plan to build a cybersecurity machine that would monitor all private communications coming into the U.S. for attacks and retaliate without human involvement was the last straw that led Snowden to become a whistleblower, he told Wired in an interview.
July 29, 2014 4:01 pm
Google’s newest project aims to create a crowd-sourced picture of human health by collecting anonymous genetic and molecular information from participants.
July 15, 2014 2:35 pm
Prosecutors wanted to take a second set of nude photos, of the teen in a forced aroused state to compare them to photos he allegedly sent to his then-girlfriend.
June 30, 2014 6:15 pm
Facebook is unapologetic about the “emotional contagion” experiment it was conducting on customers.
April 23, 2014 1:46 pm
The provocative question of how “big data” will affect medicine and patient privacy is getting a lot of attention at the National Institutes of Health.
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