Category Archives: Muddled Media

The Golden Age of Neuroscience

We were surprised and thrilled, as so many were, to find out from the Wall St Journal that the “Golden Age of Neuroscience Has Arrived” (Michio Kaku, 8/20/14). We hadn’t even received an email alert. Apparently, we are now able … Continue reading

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NeuralStem and the ‘Right-To Try’

Colorado has recently passed ‘Right-to-Try’ (RTT) legislation permitting companies to offer experimental treatments for fatal diseases that have not been FDA approved—and the requirement of payment is permitted if the Company so chooses. The criterion is that they have reached … Continue reading

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Opioids and the ‘Right’ to Pain-Free Living

(from  NeuroPerspective June 2014, focused on Pain) Two California counties (Santa Clara and Orange) have filed suit against the pharmaceutical companies with the largest stakes in opioid analgesics (Actavis, Endo, Janssen/JNJ, Purdue Pharma,  Teva Pharma), claiming that they deliberately understated … Continue reading

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Twitter and Prana

NIR has been asked on a few occasions why we do not utilize the social media potential offered by Twitter. The current contretemps around the Prana results in Huntington’s beautifully illustrate why we do not: Twitter is an effective venue … Continue reading

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Setting the Bar Low

BioCentury Extra for 2/12/14, regarding a FDA/Institute of Medicine conclave: <The second day planned for Thursday was postponed due to weather; FDA said it would be rescheduled for April or May and would focus on communicating uncertainty.> An excellent example … Continue reading

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New Definitions for Neuroscience: Data-fracking

Data-fracking is the fracturing of a dataset by the application of a pressurized search through as many datapoints as is necessary to find one that has the appearance of being positive. Typically, data is combined with cortisol and caffeine, and … Continue reading

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The Not So Divine Comedy of Psychiatric Nosology

There has been considerable recent discussion in the popular press regarding DSM-5, the American Psychiatric Association‘s new version of their diagnostic manual, heavily utilized by mental health providers of all stripes, some much more reluctantly than others. NIR was asked … Continue reading

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