Episode 20: The death of a child and a golden ticket for drug makers

first_img Meg Tirrell Log In | Learn More Molly Ferguson for STAT How did every parent’s worst nightmare — the death of a child — spur the creation of an incentive system to turn making drugs for childhood cancer from a high-risk, low-reward gamble to a bet a company might make?Before Nancy Goodman’s son, Jacob, died in 2009, there were only a few, old drugs at hand to treat him. After he died, she asked why. Tags cancerdrug developmentpolicy Signal Podcast @megtirrell About the Authors Reprints What’s included? Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED By Luke Timmerman and Meg Tirrell Jan. 18, 2017 Reprints Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Co-host “The Readout LOUD,” CNBC senior health and science reporter GET STARTED What is it? Episode 20: The death of a child and a golden ticket for drug makers STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond.last_img read more

Jamaican Born Musician is New Mayor of Haringey

first_imgRelatedJamaican Born Musician is New Mayor of Haringey FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaican born Councillor Sheik G. L. Thompson is the new Mayor of Haringey in north east London.Councillor Thompson is a professional jazz musician who has played with some of Britain’s most famous groups and toured with his own bands all over the world.Mr. Thompson, who represents the Tottenham Hale ward, took over the chains of office at the annual meeting of the council on May 21. Jamaica’s Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom (UK), Sharon Saunders and Community Relations Officer, Delores Cooper attended the ceremony.Councillor Thompson was born in Jamaica to what he said, was a strong musically and politically active family. He grew up in New York where his interest in jazz began, and settled in London in 1955 after coming to the UK on active service in the United States Air Force.“It’s a real honour to be elected Mayor, and I’m looking forward to working for all the people of Haringey, wherever they live, and whatever their background,” he told his first meeting of the Council.The mayor will be raising money for Haringey young musicians during his term of office, helping young people across the borough to learn an instrument and take part in musical activity.Mr. Thompson has lived in Tottenham for many years and is involved in many community groups, including the Chestnuts Area residents association, the Haringey Community and Police Consultative Group, the Haringey Race Equality Council and the African Caribbean Leadership Council.As a professional jazz and rhythm and blues musician he has played alongside leading figures, including Georgie Fame, Long John Baldry, Graham Bond, The Who, Mick Eves, Alan Price, the Animals and the Rolling Stones. He currently leads two bands, CUE Ensemble and Dedeh All Stars.He is a member of the Musicians Union Jazz Section Committee and London region Executive, and is Haringey’s representative to the London local authority’s arts forum, liaising with Arts Council England. Jamaican Born Musician is New Mayor of Haringey UncategorizedMay 29, 2007 RelatedJamaican Born Musician is New Mayor of Haringeycenter_img RelatedJamaican Born Musician is New Mayor of Haringey Advertisementslast_img read more

Science as a Jealous God — Free Weekend Conference in Seattle for College Students

first_img Recommended “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Science, rather than opening minds and setting us free from drudgery, is increasingly a tool of coercion and intimidation. If you’re a college student, consider joining us at Discovery Institute on March 6-7 for a free weekend seminar, “Science, Scientism, and Society.” Scientism is a word that designates the impulse to turn science into a jealous god — not a method for exploring the natural world and responsibly harnessing its resources, but the exclusive source of knowledge about all things, including values and ethics. More information and a simple online application are here.January 30 is the deadline to apply for this important, enlightening, and fun event, organized by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) and held in Discovery Institute’s offices in Seattle. ISI will provide a travel stipend for students who are accepted. Darwin and LewisWe’ll focus on the thought of two pivotal figures for our culture, Charles Darwin and C.S. Lewis. The scheduled instructors are political scientist and Discovery Institute Vice President John G. West, bioethicist and National Review writer Wesley J. Smith, physicist and Center for Science & Culture Research Coordinator Brian Miller, and Baylor University Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Robert J. Marks, who directs Discovery Institute’s Bradley Center for Natural and Artificial Intelligence.We will discuss fascinating issues with the Darwinian materialist understanding of reality, the hype and genuine perils associated with artificial intelligence, the corrosive influence of radical environmentalism, and how proper stewardship of the Earth can save the environment and ensure a healthy, prosperous future for humankind.Accommodations will be provided at the nearby Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Seattle, for Friday night, March 6. Beside our gifted and charismatic scholars, you’ll meet students from other colleges and universities, and share great conversations over meals and around the Discovery Institute conference table. ISI can accept only a limited number of applicants, so apply now!Photo: Downtown Seattle from Kerry Park, by Tiffany Von Arnim, via Flickr (cropped). David KlinghofferSenior Fellow and Editor, Evolution NewsDavid Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.Follow DavidProfileTwitter Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Sharecenter_img Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Evolution Science as a Jealous God — Free Weekend Conference in Seattle for College StudentsDavid KlinghofferJanuary 21, 2020, 12:40 PM Culture & Ethics Tagsartificial intelligenceBaylor UniversityBrian MillerC.S. LewisCenter for Science & CultureCharles DarwincoercioncollegesconferenceCrowne Plaza HotelDarwinismDiscovery InstituteearthethicshumankindIntercollegiate Studies Instituteintimidationjealous godJohn WestNational Reviewnatural worldsciencescientismSeattlesocietystudentsSummer Seminarstravel stipenduniversitiesvaluesWalter Bradley CenterWesley J. Smith,Trending Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to Alllast_img read more

Feds found security flaws in Vermont Health Connect website

first_imgVermont Business Magazine In an Associated Press story published Thursday night, the US Government Accountability Office “found significant cybersecurity weaknesses in the health insurance websites of California, Kentucky and Vermont that could enable hackers to get their hands on sensitive personal information about hundreds of thousands of people.” In the story related to a report issued by the GAO last summer, Vermont health care reform chief Lawrence Miller is quoted as saying that Vermont has since changed vendors and the state has “ensured correct controls were in place” to meet a federal standard. That did not keep Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott from issuing a blistering response late Thursday.   Lawrence Miller, with Governor Shumlin, discussed the status of Vermont Health Connect at a press conference in June 2015. VBM photo.“Enough is enough,” Scott said. “Once again we are learning of another problem with Vermont Health Connect, and once again we are finding out from a national news agency rather than our own Administration. Just one day ago the Administration was updating legislators on the ongoing issues with 1095-A tax forms, without mentioning potential security vulnerabilities.“The Associated Press did Vermonters a great service by shining a light on the issues we weren’t aware still existed; after all, we were told everything was good and getting better. This article proves that the Administration is not only gambling with Vermonters’ access to affordable health care, but also with their most personal information. And this isn’t the first time.Associated Press article, “Security flaws found in 3 state health insurance websites”(link is external)FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Federal investigators found significant cybersecurity weaknesses in the health insurance websites of California, Kentucky and Vermont that could enable hackers to get their hands on sensitive personal information about hundreds of thousands of people, The Associated Press has learned. And some of those flaws have yet to be fixed.The vulnerabilities were discovered by the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of Congress, and shared with state officials last September. Vermont authorities would not discuss the findings, but officials in California and Kentucky said this week that there was no evidence hackers succeeded in stealing anything.MORE…(link is external)·       October 2013 — First security breach, where a customer’s Social Security information and other data was compromised·       Late 2013 — “Privacy Breach” of personal information due to human error·       December 2013 — Second security breach, where a Romanian attacker hacked the system 15 times and went undetected for a month·       September 2014 — Federal government shuts down Vermont Health Connect due to inability to meet security requirements·       April 2015 — Auditor Doug Hoffer’s first audit identifies security issues, including 70 moderate security weaknesses, 91 percent of which the State had known about for 13 months·       November 2015 — Outside audit by a Virginia firm highlights concerns over security protocols·       November 2015 — Auditor Hoffer’s supplemental audit identifies 121 security weaknesses, three of which were “high risk” and 63 of which were “moderate-risk”“Vermonters deserve better than this. Our health, personal finances and sense of security have been violated and decisive action is long overdue. There is no shame in saying: “We tried, but we couldn’t do it.” The shame is in continuing down the same road, throwing good money after bad, and putting even more Vermonters at risk.“I cannot, in good conscience, support continued efforts to consider whether or not Vermont Health Connect is functional, because we know it isn’t. I, and my fellow Vermonters, have run out of patience, and lost any faith and trust we might have had.“As a public servant, I’m angry. As a small-business owner, I’m frustrated. As a Vermonter, I feel deceived. And I know I’m not alone.“Scott is also a Republican candidate for governor.last_img read more

Alternative loan for ro-ro

first_imgAccording to EBRD, the ro-ro vessel Meleq will have a capacity of 283 trailers to carry wheeled cargo such as automobiles, trucks, trailers or railway carriages.An additional EUR4.5 million (USD5.2 million) junior loan will be provided under the EBRD’s Green Logistics Programme, which is funded by the Global Environment Facility, while Turkey’s Isbank is providing a EUR16 million (USD18.6 million) loan.The new cargo ship will enable the firm’s expansion on the route connecting the Port of Haydarpasa, Istanbul and the north-eastern Italian port city of Trieste, says EBRD.”Although the importance of ro-ro transportation between Europe and Turkey is increasing rapidly, shipping companies in Turkey suffer from scarce access to long-term financing,” said Sue Barrett, EBRD director for transport.”This is our second transaction with Alternative Transport, as we believe shipping operations are not only a successful business but also support a cleaner, safer and more efficient transport system for the country’s booming trade,” Barrett adds.The support of EBRD is in line with Alternative Transport’s strategy to develop its infrastructure through new vessels, trucks, warehouses and ports as well as increase intermodal solutions linking major European ports, says Ahmet Musul, Alternative Transport founder and chairman.  www.ebrd.comwww.alternative.com.trlast_img read more