US physicians’ annual economic influence: $2.3 trillion and 12.6 million jobs. Makes me view my GP, specialists in an entirely new light.

The News: Physicians support 12.6 million jobs in the US–17.1 jobs each–and contribute $2.3 trillion to the economy, according to a new report from the American Medical Association (pdf) (AMA)…. Read more »

Investor Alert: Qiagen grabs Spanish biotech STAT-Dx in quest for new and better diagnostic tests. My personal take.

The News: Molecular diagnostics company Qiagen NV (Hilden DEU) has agreed to acquire biotech STAT-Dx SL (Barcelona) for up to €153 million–over 3 times the total funding the Spanish company has raised… Read more »

Transpacific biotech Engine Biosciences raises $10 million in Southeast Asia’s largest life sciences seed round.

The News: Life sciences startups in Asia just got another shot in the arm with the $10 million investment in Engine Biosciences Pte. Ltd.–a biotech company that’s applying machine learning to… Read more »

Investor alert: Pear Therapeutics hauls-in $50 million Series B after FDA clears first-ever mobile app for substance abuse therapy. What would Warren Buffet think?

The News: The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently cleared for marketing the first prescription mobile medical application to help treat substance use disorders (SUDs) involving alcohol, cocaine, marijuana,… Read more »

Study says art courses turn med students into better doctors. Hey lawyers, listen up; engineers, maybe not.

The News: Students who took a course in art observation significantly improved clinical observation and professional development skills, researchers found. Interest in integrating the arts and humanities into medical education… Read more »

Boomer Alert: You need not die from metastatic prostate cancer. Breakthrough findings point to new treatment approach.

The News: Obesity is linked to prostate cancer, scientists know, but it’s not been clear-cut why. Last week, however, researchers reported a surprising connection. When prostate cancers lose a particular… Read more »

Physician burnout, suicide take a toll on everyone, and it’s getting worse. What’s the answer?

The News: Nearly two-thirds of US doctors feel burned out, depressed, or both–and those feelings affect how they relate to patients, according to a survey conducted by Medscape. “One in… Read more »

Two European Parkinson’s studies kick off 2018 with promising discoveries; proof to me, for example, that not all biotech worth noting come from the USA.

The News: A combination therapy made up of two neurotrophic factors has been shown in a report to reduce the degenerative effects of Parkinson’s disease, report researchers from the UPV/EHU-University… Read more »