FDA wants to track social media talk about product risks; Google Glass could help prevent emerging health threats;

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> The U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants to track social media talk about product risks, according to a solicitation notice posted to the Federal Business Opportunities site. "The objective of this requirement is to provide FDA with the resources needed to use social media to inform and evaluate FDA risk communications," the notice states. Notice

> Google Glass could help stop emerging public health threats around the world, according to recently published research in the journal ACS Nano. "It's very important to detect emerging public health threats early, before an epidemic arises and many lives are lost," study author Aydogan Ozcan, Ph.D., said. "With our app for Google Glass and our remote computing and data analysis power, we can deliver a one-two punch--provide quantified biomedical test results for individual patients, plus analyze all those data to determine whether an outbreak is imminent." Announcement

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> Despite the success of Medicare's prescription drug program, changes proposed by the Obama administration are coming under heavy fire. Patient groups, pharmaceutical manufacturers and lawmakers in both parties are pushing back against changes the administrations says intend to help beneficiaries make good choices and save taxpayers money. Critics maintain there's no need to fix a program that isn't broken. Article

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> Clinical studies still overlook gender difference, which leave women at a disadvantage and could endanger their health, according to a new report from the Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women's Health & Gender Biology at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Article

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