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Silly chocolate milk ‘study’ leaves Terps looking like health information twerps

The University of Maryland has taken a hit to its credibility as a major research institution-and for one of the silliest reasons possible: The Terps, officials have conceded, showed almost no internal rigor nor basic...more

Weighing risks and benefits: Cannabis use and metabolic syndrome risk

Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors (usually said to include large waistline, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, hypertension, and high fasting blood sugar) that are associated with coronary artery disease,...more

“Science for Sale” Investigation Exposes “Rented White Coats”

One of the foremost father figures in the history of medicine famously said, “There are in fact two things, science and opinion; the former begets knowledge, the latter ignorance.” Hippocrates, the ancient Greek...more

A New Year’s Resolution: Avoid The Rising Tide of Defamation Claims In The Health Care Arena

In college and graduate school, we all had professors that had “non-attribution/academic freedom” policies designed to foster open debate, critical thinking and robust discussion. To state the obvious, we are a long way from...more

Proceedings Available on 2015 U.S.-EU Joint Workshop on Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts

In December 2015, the proceedings from the March 12-13, 2015, U.S.-European Union (EU) joint workshop on “Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts” were posted online. The workshop was sponsored by the European Commission (EC) and...more

HHS Recognizes Changing Environment of Research: Still Time to Comment

Late last month the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other Federal Departments and Agencies announced an extension until January 6, 2016 to the comment period for the Federal Policy for the Protection of...more

Does This Year’s Nobel Prize in Economics Suggest Any Lessons Regarding the Regulation of the Consumer Finance Industry?

On Monday October 12, 2015, Professor Angus Deaton won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science. Professor Deaton’s work focuses in part on consumer behavior, and, more specifically, on techniques used by researchers for...more

FDA Stays Final Guidance on INDs for Foods and Dietary Supplement Studies

On October 30, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it was staying portions of its controversial Final Guidance relating to the types of studies that require compliance with Investigational New Drug...more

What To Do About Junk Science That’s Published?

We’ve been corresponding recently with long-time friend-of-the blog, Dr. Frank Woodside over the unfortunate fact that junk science these days doesn’t only mean stuff (in the Jeb! sense) that isn’t published in what passes...more

Ethanol Mandates under RFS and EPA’s Lifecycle GHG Analysis

In a settlement with the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) and the American Petroleum Institute (API), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) agreed to set renewable fuel obligations for calendar...more

Australia Biotech Week showcases sophistication and growth

On October 9, Australia's biotech community completed its annual pilgrimage to Melbourne at the conclusion of Australia Biotech Invest 2015 and AusBiotech 2015. This year's conferences once again evidenced the primacy and...more

EPA’s Office of Inspector General Orders New Ethanol Emissions Study

In a memorandum dated October 15, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) stated that it plans to begin preliminary research on the lifecycle impacts of EPA’s renewable fuel...more

Wrap-Up of Federal and State Chemical Regulatory Developments, October 2015

On October 15, 2015, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Wilson Center) issued a report, "The DNA of the U.S. Regulatory System: Are We Getting It Right For Synthetic...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - October 2015 #2

HHS Publishes Final Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 – On September 21, 2015, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) of HHS laid out the federal government’s final version of...more

ONC Releases Final Health IT Strategic Plan, Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released its final Federal Health IT Strategic Plan for 2015-2020. The 50-page document details how the federal government intends to...more

Expect Focus – International, Summer 2015

In This Issue: - TTIP’s Impact on U.S. and EU Trade Relations - Proposed Innovation Box Legislation - Justice Department Recovers Nearly $6 Billion From False Claims Act Cases in 2014 - Rules...more

Justice Department Recovers Nearly $6 Billion From False Claims Act Cases in 2014

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) obtained a record $5.69 billion in settlements and judgments from civil cases involving fraud and false claims against the government in fiscal year 2014. This marks the first time the DOJ...more

OHRP to Host Oct. 20 Meeting on Proposed Overhaul of Common Rule

On October 20, 2015, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) is hosting a public town hall meeting to respond to questions related to its September 8, 2015 proposed...more

United States v. Bayer: Preventing or Treating Disease Claims

In recent years, the FTC and the Center for Science in the Public Interest (“CSPI”) seem to have seen disease claims everywhere, regardless of whether the FDA has deemed the same claims appropriate, non-disease...more

OECD Posts Preliminary Guidance Notes on Nanomaterials Concerning Interspecies Variability Factors in Human Health Risk Assessment

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) posted a new publication in its Series on the Safety of Manufactured Nanomaterials, Preliminary Guidance Notes on Nanomaterials: Interspecies Variability...more

HHS Issues Proposed Rule That Would Revise the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects

Proposals are Intended to Enhance Protections for Higher Risk Clinical Research and Privacy Safeguards, including Uses of Biospecimens and Identifiable Private Information - On September 8, 2015, the Department of Health...more

IGPA 2015 Focuses on Biosimilars, Quality, and Harmonization in Toronto-Part Two of Two

The following day features a panel of chief executive officers from a variety of pharmaceutical companies of different sizes and focus areas. Common themes included ongoing industry consolidation and increasing concern about...more

NSF Will Provide $81 Million to Support New NNCI

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) announced on September 17, 2015, that the National Science Foundation (NSF) will provide a total of $81 million over five years to support 16 sites and a coordinating office as...more

Tax Court: CRA Employee May Not Testify as Expert

In HLP Solution Inc. v. The Queen (2015 TCC 41 ) the Tax Court held that a CRA employee lacked the necessary impartiality to testify as an expert witness because of her prior involvement in auditing the taxpayer....more

Registration Open for “Nano in Belgium” Workshop

The Federal Public Service (FPS) Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment, the FPS Employment, Labor and Social Dialogue, and the FPS Economy, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME), Self-Employed and Energy will hold a...more

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