DailyDirt: Better Medicine

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Modern medicine has come a long way, but it still has a long way to go — especially when it comes to figuring out whether or not drugs are even doing better than a placebo. Categorizing and quantifying the development of drugs in a more public way could speed up the progress of new treatments, so it’s nice to see some folks getting around to doing just that. Here are some links about drugs and a relatively new way to diagnose brain disorders.

By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.

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Anonymous Coward says:

“The contribution of public-sector research institutions (PSRIs) for developing FDA-approved drugs and vaccines has been quantified. “Virtually all the important, innovative vaccines that have been introduced during the past 25 years have been created by PSRIs.” [url]”

But without patents awarded the private sector corporations, the public won’t fund any R&D.

Anonymous Coward says:

“With the passage of the Bayh-Dole Act, colleges and universities immediately began to develop and strengthen the internal expertise needed to effectively engage in the patenting and licensing of inventions. In many cases, institutions that had not been active in this area began to establish entirely new technology transfer offices, building teams with legal, business, and scientific backgrounds. These activities continue to accelerate nationally as the importance of the Bayh-Dole Act becomes fully appreciated. Evidence of this is reflected in the fact that the membership of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) increased from 200 in 1990 to 800 in 1999. 691 in 1989 to 2,178 in 1999. In 1979, the year before passage of the Bayh-Dole Act, the Association counted only 113 members.”


So instead of encouraging businesses to conduct R&D, our system merely encourages them to waste money on lawyers. and they consider this a good thing. Someone needs to submit to Obama that this is not how innovation works.

Pete Austin says:

Phrenology Returns!

Re: “With near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), psychiatric diagnoses might be more accurately determined. Or at least, these brain scans will create a database of brain patterns to help categorize various mental conditions.”

Er, no. There are some conditions where this might make sense, because they are associated with localized damage (for example epilepsy), but in general it’s no more than a crude indication.


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