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Former Rep. Henry Waxman says lawmakers ‘derelict’ if they don’t address drug prices

first_imgPolitics 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. By Ike Swetlitz March 14, 2018 Reprints 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. GET STARTED Former Rep. Henry Waxman spent three decades on Capitol Hill. Alex Wong/Getty Images Former Rep. Henry Waxman says lawmakers ‘derelict’ if they don’t address drug prices Henry Waxman is a household name in pharmaceutical circles — during his three decades on Capitol Hill, he helped write the Affordable Care Act and expand Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. He sponsored the 1984 Hatch-Waxman Act, which set up the modern infrastructure for bringing generic drugs to market, and chaired the Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over health-related issues, from 2009 to 2011.Since his retirement from Congress in 2015, Waxman has served as chairman of Waxman Strategies, a lobbying firm that has been active on health issues, especially the 340B drug discount program. Log In | Learn More What’s included? Tags drug pricingpharmaceuticalspolicy Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED What is it?last_img read more

Nobel physics prize honors laser discoveries that advanced eye surgery, virus manipulation

first_img Mourou, 74, and Strickland, then at the University of Rochester, invented chirped pulse amplification, a form of high-intensity laser, as they described in a 1985 paper that was Strickland’s first scientific publication. Their joint Nobel represents an extremely rare instance in which a graduate student (as Strickland then was) who does the lion’s share of the bench science is honored along with the senior scientist.Strickland had became attracted to laser physics for not only scientific but also aesthetic reasons: She noticed the green and red beams that shone throughout Mourou’s lab like a Christmas tree. The team created ultrashort, high-intensity laser pulses, essentially packing more light than standard lasers in the same tiny space. That increases the pulse intensity, which has found its most practical use in corrective eye surgeries. Asked what her first reaction to the news was, Strickland told the press conference announcing the prize, “First of all, you have to think it’s crazy, so that was my first thought.” Tags research The snub club: Crucial contributors to cancer immunotherapy were excluded from the medicine Nobel By Sharon Begley Oct. 2, 2018 Reprints Sharon Begley The 2018 Nobel Prize in physics winners — Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou, and Donna Strickland — are shown on the screen during the announcement in Stockholm Tuesday. Hanna Franzen/TT via AP Ashkin, 96, began his work soon after the invention of the laser in 1960, and by the 1980s had realized a science fiction dream: moving objects with only the pressure of a light beam. Optical tweezers grab viruses and other living cells “with their laser beam fingers,” the Nobel committee explained. By 1987 he had used the tweezers to capture bacteria, a technique now commonly used to study living systems, including to study the “biological motors” that move molecules within a cell as well as cells themselves.advertisement Related: The biological uses of optical tweezers came abuot serendipitously. Trying to capture smaller and smaller particles, Ashkin tried his lasers on samples of viruses. One morning, after he had left them overnight, the samples contained large particles that moved “hither and thither,” as the Nobel committee charmingly put it. The particles turned out to be bacteria that, when they approached the laser beam, were caught in the light trap.Optical tweezers have also become a workhorse of synthetic biology, where they fuse together synthetic membranes, for instance, in experiments trying to create living cells.Ashkin is the oldest-ever Nobel laureate. When Göran Hansson, who announced the prize and is the secretary general of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, reached him by phone and asked if he could speak to reporters, Ashkin said he was too busy with his latest paper.center_img Related: The 2018 Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to scientists who advanced the development of lasers into fields as different as eye surgery and manipulating objects as tiny as viruses and other living cells, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced on Tuesday in Stockholm.American Arthur Ashkin of the old Bell Laboratories was awarded one half of the 9 million Swedish kronor ($1.01 million) prize for “optical tweezers,” and the other half went to France’s Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland of Canada’s University of Waterloo for laser advances that were turned into the beams that correct nearsightedness.Strickland, 59, was the first woman to win a physics Nobel since 1963 and only the third in history. “I’m honored to be one of those women,” she told the Nobel gathering.advertisement About the Author Reprints Nobel Prize in medicine awarded to two cancer researchers for immune system breakthrough Senior Writer, Science and Discovery (1956-2021) Sharon covered science and discovery. In the LabNobel physics prize honors laser discoveries that advanced eye surgery, virus manipulation @sxbegle [email protected] last_img read more

Ford’s new tech can cook the coronavirus out of a car’s interior

first_imgCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Ford is piloting a new heated sanitization software solution that can help neutralize the COVID-19 virus inside its Police Interceptor Utility vehicles, which helps decrease the potential spread of the virus  Ford Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. advertisement Trending in Canada ‹ Previous Next › According to Ford, the software update is already being rolled out to police departments in the U.S. and Canada. Larger departments with their own service centres can install it themselves while smaller fleets can go to their local dealers to install the software on 2013 to 2019 Interceptors. If COVID-19 really is going to hit with a second wave come next fall, maybe all our cars should be so equipped. Reduce the Risk: Cleaning your car for COVID-19 (and other germs) It turns out a discussion with the New York City Police Department (one of the U.S. cities hardest hit by the pandemic) alerted Ford to a need for a more efficient disinfecting process. “Law enforcement officers are being dispatched as emergency responders in some cases where ambulances may not be available,” said Stephen Tyler, Ford police brand marketing manager. “During one trip, officers may be transporting a coronavirus patient to a hospital, while another trip may involve an occupant who may be asymptomatic.” RELATED TAGSFordSUVNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca So, using the waste heat from the engine and with new software governing the climate control system, the A/C system blasts the coronavirus with heat exceeding the hottest day in Death Valley.“Our studies with Ford Motor Company indicate that exposing coronaviruses to temperatures of 56 degrees Celsius, or 132.8 degrees Fahrenheit, for 15 minutes reduces the viral concentration by greater than 99 per cent on interior surfaces and materials used inside Police Interceptor Utility vehicles,” said Jeff Jahnes and Jesse Kwiek, laboratory supervisors at The Ohio State University department of microbiology. This, of course, is very important for first responders who don’t have the luxury of pre-screening their “guests.”RELATED The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Our up-to-date timeline of coronavirus’ impact on the auto industryThis heating process, of course, sanitizes the vehicles when officers are not inside and, according to Ford, the heat has the ability to seep into crevices and hard-to-reach areas, meaning it reduces human error in applying chemical disinfectants.And law enforcement can monitor the system’s progress, hazard lights and taillights flashing in a pre-set pattern to notify when the process has begun and then changing patterns to signal completion. A cool-down process brings the temperature down so there is no frying of posterior on re-entering the car.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ford is piloting a new heated sanitization software solution that can help neutralize the COVID-19 virus inside its Police Interceptor Utility vehicles, which helps decrease the potential spread of the virus See More Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Trending Videos It seems Ford has figured out a sure-fire way to ensure your car is completely devoid of COVID-19 germs — turn its interior into the hellfire of Death Valley.Essentially what the system does – and it’s currently only available on Ford’s Police Interceptor Utility vehicle – is cook the car’s cabin to a crisp.In conjunction with Ohio State University, Ford determined if it heated the interior up to 56 C for 15 minutes, it could render 99 per cent of the virus clinging to the car’s interior bits inactive. Fordlast_img read more

CU-Boulder History Professor Patricia Nelson Limerick To Receive Hazel Barnes Prize

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: April 9, 2001 Patricia Nelson Limerick, professor of history at the University of Colorado at Boulder and chair of the board of the Center of the American West, has been selected to receive the Hazel Barnes Prize, CU-Boulder’s highest recognition for teaching and research. The prize includes an engraved University Medal and a cash award of $20,000, the largest single faculty award funded by the university. She will be recognized during summer commencement exercises on Aug. 11. Limerick is a nationally renowned author and historian of the American West and has served as president of the Western History Association and the American Studies Association. In addition to her groundbreaking scholarship, Limerick is well known for her dedication to CU students and for her wit and sense of humor. At her own request, she was named CU’s official “University Fool” in 1988 by former CU President Gordon Gee. She held similar positions at Harvard and Yale, where she previously taught. As University Fool, Limerick tours campus each April 1, most years, to remind people to lighten up and not take themselves too seriously. Her contract as fool runs through 2003 and is listed on her resume. “Professor Limerick is a strong leader on campus and one of our outstanding teachers,” said Chancellor Richard L. Byyny. “Her ingenuity played a significant role in the development of the Center of the American West, a unique interdisciplinary center that has received national recognition. We are pleased to congratulate her on this high honor.” Limerick is best known for authoring the landmark 1987 book, “The Legacy of Conquest,” that initially generated debate among historians and cultural commentators. She received both praise and criticism for debunking some long-held myths about the West and for focusing attention on women, minorities and the environment. Today, Limerick’s views are widely accepted. She also is the author of “Something in the Soil” and “Desert Passages,” both of which were recently released in paperback, and is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, USA Today and local newspapers. Limerick “is an original, learned, passionate writer,” wrote author Larry McMurtry. “Everything she writes about the history of the American West deserves attention.” The Center of the American West, which Limerick co-founded, sponsors about 40 public lectures, seminars and performances each year, in addition to numerous conferences, publications and projects on such topics as Western growth and wildfires. Its popular mock divorce hearing between the rural and urban West has been performed throughout the state for several years. “I think there’s a huge audience of people who want to know more about the West,” said Limerick, who is a passionate advocate for taking academic knowledge outside the walls of the university. One of her most popular articles is titled “Dancing With Professors: The Trouble With Academic Prose.” Limerick, who turns 50 on May 17, has been a member of the CU-Boulder faculty since 1984 and teaches both undergraduate and graduate students. She is an associate director of CU-Boulder’s Minority Arts and Sciences Program and in 1995 was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “genius grant.” Limerick is the 10th Hazel Barnes Prize recipient, joining John Birks of chemistry (2000), John Taylor of physics (1999), G. Dale Meyer of business (1998), Jane Bock of EPO biology (1997), John “Jack” Kelso of anthropology (1996), Michael Grant of EPO biology (1995), David Prescott of MCD biology (1994), Reginald Saner of English (1993) and Klaus Timmerhaus of chemical engineering (1992). The Hazel Barnes Prize was established in 1991 by former Chancellor James Corbridge in honor of philosophy Professor Emerita Hazel Barnes to recognize “the enriching interrelationship between teaching and research.”last_img read more

‘South Park’ Producer Eric Stough to speak at CU-Boulder spring commencement

first_img Published: March 4, 2014 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail The University of Colorado Boulder Senior Class Council has worked with various campus centers to bring Eric Stough, producer/animation director of “South Park,” as the keynote speaker for CU-Boulder spring commencement ceremony on Friday, May 9, at 8:30 a.m. in Folsom Field.Stough, who graduated from CU-Boulder with a film degree in 1995, reflects the student body at CU in the many ways including his motivation, thinking outside-of-the-box, and helping to create one of TV’s most popular animated series featured on Comedy Central, according to Erica Rozbruch, CU-Boulder Senior Class Council president.“Stough’s story is an inspiration to students as he jump-started his career while at CU,” said Rozbruch. “The Senior Class Council feels that Stough exemplifies someone who has followed his passion by taking a creative path to success and he can deliver a powerful and universal message to our commencement audience.”last_img read more

ZIFI-FDC breaks world record for pledges received for health campaign (Antibiotic Resistance)

first_img Comments (0) 5,69,057 people pledged to complete full course of antibiotic therapy through ZIFI’s SANKALP campaignZIFI-FDC have officially broken the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title of the most pledges received for health campaign of completing antibiotic course.To address this raging public health concern of antibiotics resistance and antibiotic non-compliance, ZIFI-FDC took the initiative and ran a campaign called ‘SANKALP’, where FDC Spectra Field force involved all key stakeholders like patients, doctors, chemists and paramedical staff by taking a pledge from them for completion of full course of antibiotic therapy.ZIFI took the initiative to educate maximum number of patients about the importance of completing the full course of antibiotic therapy and supporting healthcare professionals (doctors, paramedical staff and chemists).ZIFI through SANKALP campaign has covered maximum number of people by taking their pledge for completing the full course of antibiotic therapy 5,69,057 (five lakh sixty nine thousand fifty seven) pledges were taken thereby breaking the world record which was audited and approved by Guinness World Records. Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app Related Posts The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story Share By EH News Bureau on October 11, 2019 Read Articlecenter_img MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” News Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healpha Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals ZIFI-FDC breaks world record for pledges received for health campaign (Antibiotic Resistance) Add Commentlast_img read more

Residents to Air Views at Mayor’s Forum

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedResidents to Air Views at Mayor’s Forum Residents to Air Views at Mayor’s Forum Local GovernmentJuly 28, 2010 RelatedResidents to Air Views at Mayor’s Forumcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Hundreds of residents of Somerton and surrounding communities in Eastern St. James will get an opportunity to voice their concerns on challenging issues, when the second Mayor’s forum is staged at the Somerton All-Age School on Thursday, July 29.The main objective of the forum is to provide a platform for residents to meet with various stakeholders from government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), to discuss important issues and problems affecting their communities.The meeting will be hosted by Chairman of the St. James Parish Council and Mayor of Montego Bay, Councillor Charles Sinclair, and Councillor for the Somerton Division and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Cecil Davis.Representatives from the St. James Parish Council, National Water Commission (NWC), Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), Rural Electrification Programme,St. James Police, St. James Health Department and the Social Development Commission (SDC) will be on hand to address the concerns.Residents taking part in the forum are expected from the communities of Somerton, Adelphi, Dumfries, Amity Hall, Windsor Lodge, Gullsbro and Canaan. RelatedResidents to Air Views at Mayor’s Forumlast_img read more

China Telecom aims for 95% 4G coverage by year-end

first_img China Telecom claims NB-IoT milestone China Telecom is on track to build what it says is the world’s largest LTE-FDD network, with 460,000 base stations giving it 95 per cent population coverage by the end of the year.The country’s third largest mobile player, with 192 million connections, only received its nationwide FDD-LTE licence (along with rival China Unicom) at the end of February. Since then it has ramped up its network investments and started to leverage the national tower sharing company to push the rapid development of 4G services.According to Q2 estimates by GSMA Intelligence, China Mobile has 188 million 4G connections, China Telecom has 26 million and China Unicom has 23 million.China Telecom representative Shen Shaoai said its 4G network comprises three distinct layers, C114.net reported. For wide coverage in rural areas it uses the 850MHz band – and in the future 700MHz if it becomes available. It also plans to introduce voice-over-LTE and voice-over-WiFi technologies, she said.To maximise its network capacity it is using the 1.8GHz, 2.1GHz and 800MHz bands, either separately, or for dual-band or tri-band carrier aggregation. Its hotspot offload strategy, Shen said, is to use its 2.6GHz TDD network, the aggregation of TDD and FDD networks, as well as the 3.5GHz high-frequency band in the future. Asia HomeAsiaNews China Telecom aims for 95% 4G coverage by year-end Author Joseph Waring Related Tags center_img Joseph Waring joins Mobile World Live as the Asia editor for its new Asia channel. Before joining the GSMA, Joseph was group editor for Telecom Asia for more than ten years. In addition to writing features, news and blogs, he… Read more Previous ArticleSamsung’s Q2 earnings to miss forecasts, but worst may be overNext ArticleSnapdeal hires Airtel CMO China Telecom profit jumps AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 07 JUL 2015 China operators lose NYSE delisting appeal 4GChinaChina TelecomFDD-LTE networklast_img read more

Vodafone UK calls time on pager business

first_img Vodafone UK details WP8 plans Michael Carroll Vodafone UK is exiting the pager business, bringing the curtain down on nearly 70 years of operator-provided paging services in the country.The operator agreed a deal to sell its pager division to professional services company Capita – a move a Vodafone company representative told Mobile World Live will see all of the operator’s remaining pager customer base “transfer to Capita’s wholly-owned business, PageOne Communications”.Because the deal will leave PageOne as the only paging service provider in the UK, the transaction must be approved by the Competition and Markets Authority.Vodafone’s representative explained it decided to sell because the company believes the “market is best supported by one provider”, and “transferring the business to PageOne will ensure continuation of service”.The Capita subsidiary bills itself as operating the UK’s biggest and most advanced pager network, with coverage of 98 per cent of the population.Vodafone provided pager services to 1,000 users in hospitals, emergency services including the fire brigade and coastguard, and companies in the transport and utilities sectors, Financial Times (FT) reported. Paging services also have a loyal following among birdwatchers, the newspaper said.While precise details on the sale price were not disclosed, the FT stated the sum agreed was nominal. The companies did not indicate when they expect the competition regulator to make its decision on the transaction.Long historyThe first devices were used by doctors in 1950, and the popularity of pagers peaked in the mid-1990s, financial news website ThisIsMoney reported.UK operators Orange and O2 UK ditched their pager services in 2002 and 2003 respectively, the FT said. The newspaper noted O2’s network was first established by BT in the late 1970s, and the infrastructure was a key element in the early days of the operator’s Cellnet mobile service – the predecessor of O2.Vodafone was PageOne’s last remaining rival in the pager business. The latter was originally established by Cable & Wireless and Motorola in the mid-1980s, and was acquired by Capita in 2014. Tags Author HomeDevicesNews Vodafone UK calls time on pager business Previous ArticleEricsson, Vodafone say network failures stress usersNext ArticleEE unveils balloon tech to boost UK’s 4G coverage Michael doesn’t want to admit that he has been a journalist and editor for close to 20 years covering a diverse set of subjects including shipping and shipbuilding, fixed and mobile telecoms, and motorcycling…More Read more Vodafone UK quits pager business sale, closes unit Devices Related CapitaPageOne CommunicationsPagerVodafone UK AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 21 FEB 2017 last_img read more

Vodafone hails tariff strategy, warns on spectrum delay

first_imgHomeHuawei MBBF – News Vodafone hails tariff strategy, warns on spectrum delay Previous ArticleHuawei urges shift to new 5G pricing modelsNext ArticleIndosat Ooredoo offloads towers in $450M deal LIVE FROM HUAWEI GLOBAL MBB FORUM 2019, ZURICH: Vodafone Group’s strategy of pricing data by speed rather than volume delivered a successful 5G differentiator in several markets, executive Matt Beal noted, though he warned it still lacked key spectrum in some countries.On the keynote stage Beal, Vodafone Group director of technology strategy and architecture (pictured), said consumers in early launch markets had welcomed the tariffs, while enterprises were also taking a keen interest in the new network technology.The operator commercially launched 5G in cities across several of its largest operations earlier this year including its home UK market, Germany, Italy and Spain.However, the executive cautioned in parts of the operator’s extensive footprint, the process of allocating 5G spectrum was lagging, jeopardising the many use cases mooted for the technology.“We all know spectrum for a mobile offer is the starting point and ending point of its success over time. Whether it is the multi GB internet application or the KBs for LPWA applications, each of them require the allocation of the appropriate spectrum,” he said.Beal added some markets are “more challenged than others in bringing this future forward, because we simply do not yet have the right spectrum for that application”.“As we imagine that bright future ahead where we connect everything and where the environment around us is connected, we have to ask will we have access to the right spectrum at the right time?”He warned the company did not want to end up in a situation where some markets are constrained, as is the case in some countries currently. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Author Tags Chris Donkin AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 16 OCT 2019 Vodafone Grouplast_img read more