After 190 failed tries…

Why are pharmaceuticals so expensive?  One reasons is that there is a lot of research that goes into developing a drug.  Most of that research results in drugs that don’t work.  One example is the search for Alzheimer’s treatment.  As Bloomberg reports: Drug companies have long focused on a different protein called amyloid that clumps in…

Certificate of Need Stringency

Many states have certificate of need (CON) laws which restrict providers supply for certain procedures.  A paper presented by Vivan Ho at AcademyHealth claimed that there were 37 states with a CON law for at least one procedure.  Following up earlier research which found that CON laws decreased quality, Dr. Ho found that dropping CON…

Health Care Research Awards

The National National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) recently selected its five finalists for their Annual Health Care Research Award.  These studies include the following: Amitabh Chandra, Jonathan Gruber, Robin McKnight. “Patient Cost-Sharing and Hospitalization Offsets in the Elderly.” American Economic Review 100(1): 193-213. Mark Duggan, Fiona Scott Morton. “The Effect of Medicare Part D on Pharmaceutical Prices…

Is the web narrowing scientists’ expertise?

As an academic researcher, using the web has made my life significantly easier.  I can access millions of articles from academic journals in the click of a button.  Sites such as JStor and ScienceDirect have hundreds of journals located in the same place for easy use.  With so much more information online, I am able…

Science 2.0

The Scientific American magazine has an interesting article (“Science 2.0“) about the web, open-access, blogging and research. Should researchers post their results online? Should scientists blog about their methodology? Pros It seems like academic research is the perfect forum for social networking and blogging. The sharing of ideas is a key means towards scientific invention/innovation.…

UCSD to Digitize Books with Google

KBPS reports that Google will begin digitizing tens of thousands of library books at my current school, UC San Diego (UCSD). Why was UCSD chosen?  Google states that UCSD has an “exceptional collection of social sciences and east asian books.”  Within six months, all UCSD books will be available online.