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Patent Law and Supplements

Almost 75% of U.S. clinical trials in medicine are paid for by private companies.  In the drug industry, these private companies are largely pharmaceutical companies.  However, because natural supplements are harder to patent, we see a paucity of clinical trials/studies of natural products compared to pharmaceutical drugs. (Big pharma doesn’t want to pump money into research of a product they can’t potentially “own” via patent).

This is a double-edged sword—-while the consumer has  easier access to supplements, they are often 1. more expensive for out-of-pocket costs (western medicine skepticism and clinical based medicine make insurance coverage sparse, if not completely non-existent, for supplements) and 2. more unpredictable in best mode of use and results achieved.

Thoughts on how to balance the incentive to invest in patentable drugs versus investing in natural (non-patentable) products that harness many health benefits?
How to increase funding for research on recreational drugs that show promising results as therapeutic modalities (e.g. MDMA (“molly”) for treating post-traumatic stress disorder)?

Also check out this article on “Regulating Supplements”…via Regulating Supplements.

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California pledges changes in protecting underground water

California pledges changes in protecting underground water.

A much needed initiative!

Some of these issues have been addressed in the Newkirk Center for Science and Society’s Towards a Sustainable 21st Century conference series while I worked at UC Irvine.  Check out some of the topics….

http://socialecology.uci.edu/pages/toward-sustainable-21st-century

Charging inmates exorbitant rates for phone calls could be costing the state more money in the long run…

The FCC cited numerous studies showing that family contact during incarceration is linked to reduced recidivism, and therefore less prison spending.

Mirkarimi, “allowing phone companies to exploit inmates and their families is “counterproductive and morally indefensible. If this is causing them the choice between staying in touch with their loved ones or putting food on the table, it’s self-defeating and a bad covenant.”

http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Ross-Mirkarimi-tries-to-reduce-costs-of-inmates-5538086.php

 
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Reacting to Objects: Mindfulness, Tech and Emotion

Museum in a Bottle

There’s been a lot of discussion about mindful looking and unplugging in museums of late. By pure coincidence, I’ve been thinking about looking at objects while traveling over the last 2 months, developing an understanding of how mindfulness and technology work together for me to connect emotionally with museum objects.

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Copyright Law and Music, Erin Umberg

Copyright Law and Music.  Take I.  By Erin Umberg