The price of a drug should be based on its therapeutic benefits – not just what the market will bear
'Orphan drugs' with high price points are being tested as treatments for COVID-19. There's a better way to spur low-cost innovation for new drugs.
Jan. 13, 2021 • ~9 min
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What is a margin of error? This statistical tool can help you understand vaccine trials and political polling
Whether you are predicting the outcome of an election or studying how effective a new drug is, there will always be some uncertainty. A margin of error is how statisticians measure that uncertainty.
Jan. 6, 2021 • ~5 min
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The top scientific breakthrough for 2020 was understanding SARS-CoV-2 and how it causes COVID-19 – and then developing multiple vaccines
The development of multiple vaccines against the virus that causes COVID-19 has been hailed as the breakthrough of 2020. But there were many more supporting discoveries that made this possible.
Dec. 17, 2020 • ~11 min
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A new anti-platelet drug shows potential for treating blood vessel clots in heart attacks, strokes and, possibly, COVID-19
Scientists have developed and tested a new anti-clotting drug in mice that shows promise for treating heart attacks and stroke. It may also prove useful for COVID-19.
July 15, 2020 • ~8 min
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Drug repurposing represents our only hope in the short-term treatment of COVID-19. But quick and rigorous trials needs to be run to provide evidence they work.
April 27, 2020 • ~7 min
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Half of all patients who died of COVID-19 in Wuhan had a secondary infection.
April 22, 2020 • ~6 min
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