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Home Blood Pressure-Monitoring Devices Reduce Health Care Costs

Jul 23, 2014

By Fran Kritz Home blood pressure monitoring devices can save money by improving healthcare quality and reducing healthcare costs, according to a new study funded by the American Heart Association. According to the researchers, more than 76 million a...

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California Stem Cell Agency Director Prieto Defends Agency in Trounson Affair

One of the long-standing directors of the $3 billion California stem cell agency has taken issue with an item earlier today headlined “Fallout From the Trounson Affair: A Taint on the California Stem Cell Agency.”


In an email, Francisco Prieto, a Sacramento physician, said, among other things, that it is “grossly unfair” to...

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Bay Area Agency Votes to Hire “Water Cops” to Root Out Water Waste

Jul 23, 2014

In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, the Santa Clara Valley Water District approved hiring up to 10 people to patrol the county in search of water wasters. The $500,000 in appropriations will go toward hiring up to 10 “water cops” who will spend their time investigating complaints about wasted water. “The bottom line is...

California Stem Cell Report
Fallout From the Trounson Affair: A Taint on the California Stem Cell Agency

Fallout From the Trounson Affair: A Taint on the California Stem Cell Agency

Directors of the $3 billion California stem cell agency meet tomorrow in the San Francisco Bay Area, but the hottest topic is not on the agenda, and that is the Trounson Affair.


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The term is shorthand for the host of questions raised by

California Stem Cell Report
Cloaking Informed Consent in Clinical Trials: A California Stem Cell Case

Patients come first. That’s the rhetoric from biotech companies and agencies like the FDA, which has oversight responsibilities for clinical trials.


But when it comes down to specifics, the doors may close and little revealed publicly.


The case in point involves StemCells, Inc., which was charged last week in a lawsuit with endangering patients...

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Coming Up: Live Coverage of Thursday’s California Stem Cell Board Meeting

The California Stem Cell Report will provide live, gavel-to-gavel coverage of this Thursday’s meeting of the 29 members of the governing board of the $3 billion California stem Cell agency, which is expected to lop $15 million from its ambitious Alpha stem cell clinic proposal.


Interested parties in Canada will be able to participate...

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Governor Brown signs bill limiting full-contact practices in youth football

They are starting younger these days.  Little kids in full pads – hitting the football field and each other.  With the awareness of serious concussions on the rise, state legislators saw the need to limit the amount of times our kids are practicing at full-contact speed. Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 2127 (AB2127) yesterday, thereby prohibiting high...

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California Stem Cell CEO Randy Mills on Focus and Four-Part Tests

It was a case of CEOs interviewing CEOs.


More specifically, it was Robin Smith, head of Neostem, Inc., “grilling” Randy Mills, the new CEO of the $3 billion California stem cell agency. The venue was the Huffington Post.


It wasn’t exactly hard ball stuff, as one might expect. Nonetheless it was the lengthiest such exchange with Mills, the former...

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Antibiotic Use Is Common in Hospice Care

Jul 21, 2014

By Fran Kritz

A new study finds that use of antibiotics is quite common among terminal patients who are in hospice care.

The researchers used data based on the electronic health records of adults patients discharged to hospice care from Oregon Health & Science University over a three-year period ending in 2013.

The post Antibiotic Use...

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Verastem Bid for Nearly $10 Million from California Nixed

A Massachusetts firm called Verastem, Inc., heard some bad news recently about its pitch for $9.9 million from the $3 billion California stem cell agency.


The Cambridge firm sought the cash from the agency to help out with a clinical trial dealing with breast cancer.


However, the agency’s directors were told in...

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