Rise in medical marketing poses challenges

first_img Push for name-brand drugs Industry relationships appear to increase likelihood of costly practice Companies spent nearly $10 billion to market prescription drugs and medical services in 2016 — five times more than they spent 20 years ago, according to a new study.The large increase in “medical marketing” includes ads directed at consumers for prescription drugs, treatments, tests, or hospital services, as well as pitches to doctors by drug companies and lab test manufacturers, according to a Jan. 8, 2019 HealthDay article.While some of the marketing may help people get appropriate tests or treatments, experts say it could also lead to overdiagnosis and overtreatment.In addition, there is little regulatory oversight of medical marketing, according to Meredith Rosenthal, C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics and Policy at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, who co-authored an editorial published with the study. She told HealthDay that although the FDA can act when an ad’s content violates the law, it does not approve every ad ahead of time.“Don’t assume an ad has been reviewed and blessed by the FDA,” she said. Read Full Story Relatedlast_img read more

NBA suspends season after Jazz player tests positive for coronavirus

first_img Loading… Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert reportedly tested positive for coronavirus Upon learning the season was being suspended, Cuban immediately walked over to the bench to let the team officials know.“It is not about basketball and money. This is exploding to the point where I think about the families. We are making sure we are doing this the right way,” he said.“The idea that a couple of players have it… it is stunning.”Earlier NBA team owners and league officials had been wrestling with how to manage in the face of the outbreak, considering not only postponing games, but also playing in empty arenas.The Golden State Warriors had confirmed they would host the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday in San Francisco behind closed doors after San Francisco city officials announced a two-week ban on all gatherings of more than 1,000 people.The league-wide decision was made after the confusing scenes in Oklahoma City, where Jazz and Thunder players took the court to warm up, but shortly before the scheduled tip-off were sent to their locker rooms and police began to clear the Chesapeake Energy Arena.Fans were told only that the game was postponed due to “unforeseen circumstances” before they were herded out of the arena.Gobert’s teammate Emmanuel Mudiay was also listed as suffering from an undisclosed illness on the team’s injury report.– ‘Unprecedented’ –Six NBA games were scheduled for Wednesday. Four were underway when the game in Oklahoma City was called off, and a later game between the New Orleans Pelicans and Kings was also cancelled. The decision was made because one of the officials had worked a Utah game earlier in the week.“It’s unprecedented,” Detroit coach Dwayne Casey – whose Pistons fell to the 76ers in Philadelphia – said of the decision to suspend the season. “I think it’s the prudent thing to do.”Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the virus outbreak is much bigger than basketball.“Stunned,” Spoelstra said after his team lost to the visiting Charlotte Hornets.“It’s a very serious time right now. I think the league moved appropriately,” added Spoelstra.Cuban said he was thinking of the safety and health of his family members.Read Also: Tension as Juventus star tests positive for coronavirus“This is global pandemic. Peoples’ lives are at stake. I am more worried about my kids and my 82-year-old mother than when we play our next game.”Cuban spoke directly to the Mavs’ players after the game, telling them to remain in Dallas and don’t invite friends in from out of town.“We expect you to stay in Dallas and I was very specific to say who you talk to, is very important. Bringing people in from out of town because you have down time is not going to work.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The NBA suspended the season Wednesday after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the new coronavirus, prompting a game to be abandoned just before tip-off. General view of NBA ball during a game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons in February. The league has temporarily suspended its season after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for COVID-19 The test result was reported as Utah’s game against the Thunder in Oklahoma City was about to begin. The game was abruptly postponed and the players were effectively quarantined in the locker room area. The league said the affected player, believed to be French defensive standout Rudy Gobert, was not at the arena and was being treated by health officials in Oklahoma City. “The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.” The Jazz issued a statement saying the player had flu-like symptoms but initially tested negative for influenza and a respiratory infection. The decision was made to test again for COVID-19, for which he tested positive. “A preliminary positive result came back right before tip-off of the Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City game,” the Jazz statement said. “The decision was correctly made by the NBA to postpone the game.”center_img The league and the team have declined to name the player, but Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone told reporters he believed it was Gobert, who was listed first as questionable for the game and then as out with illness. “Rudy Gobert. You think it is not going to affect us, we are NBA,” said Malone. “One of our players has the coronavirus. “Who knows what that means for their team and the other teams that have been with them.” – ‘This is crazy’ – Gobert angered members of the Jazz media on Monday when he deliberately touched every microphone at a news conference, in what appeared to be a show of bravado about the disease. Team owners had been discussing Wednesday how the league should respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Dallas owner Mark Cuban was sitting courtside at the Mavericks’ game against the visiting Nuggets when he got the news on his phone. “I thought this is crazy. It can’t be true,” Cuban said. “It is like out of a movie. Unreal.” Promoted ContentSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That ExistThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Top 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThese TV Characters Left The Show And It Just Got BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A Veganlast_img read more

Creation Research Advances

first_imgLook at how much detailed scientific work was presented at the recent International Conference on Creationism.Is creation a “science stopper” as its critics allege? Does science end with a terse statement, “God did it?” That charge is clearly falsified by the Abstracts of the 8th International Conference on Creationism (ICC) that completed last week in Pittsburgh. Forty abstracts of papers presented at the conference are available for reading at the ICC website. They cover subjects from geology to genetics, from cosmology to fossils, from ecology to education, and more. A newsletter from the documentary film “Is Genesis History?” says,As we state in the film, there are lots of things that are hard to understand about what happened in the past, no matter one’s paradigm of Earth history. Scientists are scientists because they want to figure out difficult questions. Here is a fascinating snapshot of their progress.Many of the presenters have PhDs in their respective fields. This conference included the same kinds of interactions and vigorous discussions as one would find at any other scientific conference, except without the obligatory homage to Charles Darwin.Note to readers: Reporting at Creation-Evolution Headlines will be spotty for the rest of the month as the Editor takes some breaks – some obligatory and some for well-needed rest. During the breaks, we may link to other resources of interest. Regular reporting here will pick up again in September. (Visited 952 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Brand South Africa and Wits Business School to host an interactive seminar on investor perceptions study on South Africa

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 1 April 2014 – Brand South Africa and Wits Business School invite media to cover the International Investor Perceptions of South Africa in a Competitive Emerging Market Environment on Wednesday, 2 April at the Bert Wessels Lecture Theatre, Wits School, Parktown.Brand South Africa conducts an international investor perceptions study of South Africa on an annual basis. This interactive seminar, presented by Dr Petrus de Kock, will share key findings from the 2013/14 research with participants.Media are invited as follows: Date:            Wednesday, 2 April 2014Time:           8:30am for 9:00 am to 11:00amVenue:          Bert Wessels Lecture Theatre – Wits Business School, 2 St. David’s Place, St  Andrews Road ParktownInternational Investor Perceptions of South Africa in a Competitive Emerging Market Environment Wednesday 2 April, 20148:30 – 9:00Arrival and registration9:00 – 9:10Welcome remarksPurpose of eventProfessor Steve Bluen, Director & Head of School: Wits Business SchoolMr Miller Matola, Brand SA CEO9:10 – 10:00International investor perceptions in a complex emerging market environment & outcomes of the SA Competitiveness ForumDr Petrus de KockResearch Manager, Brand SA10:00 – 10:30Responses and open discussionMr Siphiwe Ngwenya, Group CEO, Gauteng Growth and Development AgencyMr Ravi Naidoo, Executive Director, Department of Economic Development, City of Johannesburg10:30 – 11:00Open Q&A discussion with audienceLessons drawn from presentations/discussionsAllProfessor Steve Bluen, Director & Head of School: Wits Business School11:00Vote of ThanksMr Miller Matola, Brand SA CEONote to Editors About Wits Business School http://www.wbs.ac.za/ About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.About Play Your PartPlay Your Part is a nationwide campaign created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa.  It aims to lift the spirit of our nation by inspiring all South Africans to contribute to positive change, become involved and start doing – because a nation of people who care deeply for one another and the environment in which they live is good for everyone.Play Your Part is aimed at all South Africans – from corporates to individuals, NGOs to government, churches to schools, and young to not so young.  It aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all.There are numerous opportunities, big and small, for each and every South African to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate. Play Your Part encourages them to act on these opportunities.The campaign is driven by the Brand South Africa. Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.last_img read more

Short-handed Bolts rally to thwart Fuel Masters

first_imgPBA IMAGESShort on personnel but long in determination, Meralco rebounded from its first loss in the PBA Governors’ Cup on Friday night by pulling off what coach Norman Black feels is as the Bolts’ most satisfying win yet.“It was just an incredible effort from my guys tonight,” Black said after the Bolts—with three aces out of the roster—carved out a come-from-behind 107-104 win over Phoenix Petroleum to creep closer to a playoff berth at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT The next Meralco game will be on Sept. 6 against sister team TNT KaTropa, and that game would mean a seat in the playoffs should the Bolts escape with a win.“Good thing is that all three of them will be back for our next game,” Black said as Allen Durham chipped in his share with 33 points 16 rebounds and seven assists. Chris Newsome and Reynel Hugnatan also finished in twin digits with a combined 33.Phoenix paraded a new import in Brandon Brown and almost hammered out a victory.But the Fuel Masters, who broke in Jeff Chan after acquiring the left-handed gunslinger from Rain or Shine just over a week ago, couldn’t hold on to a 77-62 lead late in the third quarter and went down for the fourth straight game after a 2-0 start.Brown, playing in lieu of the injured Eugene Phelps, finished with 38 points, while Chan wound up with 27 in his biggest offensive game of the season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Game: Active PH Volcanoes ready to erupt Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brown, though, missed the potential game-tying basket as time expired. Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “We had to deal with a lot of adversities in this game and we really needed to get a win, especially after coming off a loss,” added the multi-titled coach, who didn’t mind playing his remaining players extended minutes with an 18-day break coming their way.Garvo Lanete fired 14 points in the third period and finished with 27, effectively plugging the holes created by the absence of Baser Amer and Mike Tolomia as the Bolts completed a rally from as big as 15 points down to rise to 5-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAmer, a prime candidate for the Most Improved Player of the year award who has stepped up to become the team’s best point guard, and Tolomia, whom Black described as his second best point guard, are both in Kuala Lumpur playing for Gilas Pilipinas in the Southeast Asian Games.Aside from his two guards, Black also missed his best defender in Cliff Hodge, which meant that the Bolts were “not strong defensively,” allowing Phoenix to nearly get away with a victory. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years agolast_img read more

Gadgets on the go

first_imgCasio Tryx (Ex-TR100)The battery life leaves us wanting a bit more. And there is a high probability that people might just run away with it. Apart from that, there’s nothing not to love about the most strangest of cameras that we have seen in a long time. The Casio Tryx (Ex-TR100) is a swivel camera with a pop-out display and has two buttons for operation. The swivel turns a full 360 degrees and the 12 MP sensor produces good images. Add the (now) standard 1080p HD recording to the talent pool, you’ve got a looker of a camera. Priced at US$ 250 and available in prominent online retail outlets. www.casio.comSanyo eneloop mobile boosterWith considerable certainty, we can assure you that finding a plug point while walking the Kalahari is a big challenge. And with a battery (no pun intended) of gadgets in your pocket, we can understand the anxiety you might experience. Time to add the Sanyo Eneloop Mobile booster to your bag. This 5,000 mAh high capacity Li-Ion battery provides 240 minutes of power and can power up most of your mobile devices and even partially charge an iPad. The battery pack itself takes seven hours to charge from AC power and longer from USB ports. For US$ 80, this is an excellent buy. www.us.sanyo.comCasio G’zone commandoIf your vacation plan involves scaling the Appalachians or taking a dip or two while being on call (what vacation?), take a closer look at Casio’s G’zone Commando. This Android sporting smartphone meets military standards for rain, shock, dust, fog, extreme altitudes and temperatures, and water immersion. Throw in features like compass, thermometers, tide, sun, moon and star info, this is the only gadget you’ll need on that adventure outing. Available in the US from US$ 200 on Verizon. Expect it around the rest of the world anytime now. www.casiogzone.comAltec lansing orbit USB speakerLaptop speakers are seldom adequate in providing a good sense of sound. Most of them are just loud enough if you keep your laptop close to your ears. These Altec Lansing Orbit USB speakers are a welcome addition for travellers. When not in use, fold up the stand and fix the speakers together for portability. A single USB cord connects to your laptop and no batteries required too. Available for US$ 50 from www.alteclnsing.comFossil meta watchCome this month and you’ll be able to snag one of these extremely innovative and funky Fossil Meta Watches. Geekery apart, this can tether itself with your laptop, mobile or tablet and display select bits of information that you choose. The two models are built on Texas Instruments’ CC2560 Bluetooth platform, which allow them to receive push notifications from smartphones and tablets. Available in digital and analogue, these are priced at US$ 200 and pre-orders should begin soon. Head to https://estore.ti.com for more information.Producer and anchor with CNBC-TV18, Ashwin is correspondent for Tech Toyz.advertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool defender Alexander-Arnold loves the FA Cup

first_imgLiverpool defender Alexander-Arnold loves the FA Cupby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Trent Alexander-Arnold admits he loves the FA Cup.The Reds meet Wolves in the third round today.“We’re going there to win,” said Alexander-Arnold, 20.“It’s not a free hit against Wolves. It’s a chance to win a trophy – and everyone at Liverpool wants to win things.“We’re not going there to get knocked out. We want to win. It becomes a habit.“I remember Steven Gerrard’s goal against West Ham. It was a great final and a great day for the club.“We’re all trying to get back to those days again – and hopefully that will happen this season.“Liverpool is a great club with a massive history, and the players who are here now must carry that responsibility.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoWim Kieft: Ajax playing Real Madrid just at right time

first_imgWim Kieft: Ajax playing Real Madrid just at right timeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Holland striker Wim Kieft believes Ajax will be facing Real Madrid just at the right time.The two teams will meet next month in the Champions League round of 16.After Madrid’s defeat at home to Real Sociedad, Kieft said: “The way Real Madrid plays … There is no tempo, there is no joy in playing, there is no willingness, it always starts with willingness.”If you see with what ball pace is played by Real Madrid, then it is for Ajax to hope that they can match this level, because then you have a very good chance.”Real Madrid are painful to watch.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

a month agoSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn sets season target

first_imgSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn sets season targetby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn insists a top ten finish is within their grasp.The Saints have gone through major changes as Ralph Hasenhuttl took over as coach last season. Gunn told the Mirror: “We ­definitely want to aim for the top half of the Premier League.“Having a younger squad is ­something the ­club and the manager have progressively changed. We’re a fresh, athletic team and that’s the way the manager wants us to play – fast, pressing high and with energy. The manager is very enthusiastic.“It’s really good to see and I think it rubs off on the lads. It’s ­infectious.“It’s big for the fans as well, they want to see a team with ­enthusiasm, desire and he definitely forces that on us, makes us show it and provide it on the pitch for the fans.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

23 days agoBrighton youngster Steven Alzate called into Colombia U23 squad

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton youngster Steven Alzate called into Colombia U23 squadby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton youngster Steven Alzate has been called into the Colombia under-23 squad for two friendlies.Head coach Arturo Reyes included Alzate in his list for fixtures against Peru on October 10 and 13 in Lima.Alzate was born in London of Colombian parents, reports The Argus.He has made no secret of the fact that he would love to play international football for Colombia. last_img