Tag Archives: COVID19

Novartis launches metastatic breast cancer Instagram series to address new patient concerns during COVID-19

Novartis is taking its metastatic breast cancer (MBC) campaign to Instagram. A newly launched video series on IGTV, part of the long-running “Make Your Dialogue Count” effort, shifts focus to patients’ changed needs during the COVID-19 crisis. The first video focuses on mindfulness, with two MBC patients talking about the practice and demonstrating actual techniques.… Read More »

How COVID-19 drug/vaccine decisions might be based on little evidence

At this point, the Food and Drug Administration could grant emergency-use authorization. In other words, the two vaccines could hinge on the combined results of 64 people. Haseltine concludes: If — or perhaps when — positive early results from these trials are announced, keep my warnings in mind. These protocols seem designed to get a… Read More »

More than 200 days in, COVID-19 is taking a psychological toll, and that’s entirely normal

Article content continued University of Regina psychology professor Dr. Gordon Asmundson: “The psychological footprint of the pandemic is likely as big, if not bigger, than the medical footprint.” Photo by Brandon Harder/Postmedia/File Psychotherapy, now more accessible than ever via virtual care, can help people cope with abnormal stressors, Frances says. What he doesn’t support is… Read More »

No need to panic about COVID-19 trial halts, FDA chief says. They show the system is working

Headlines about COVID-19 vaccine and drug trial pauses may ring alarm bells for millions of people watching their progress, but FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, M.D., has another point of view. The breaks in the action actually show the development process is working as intended, Hahn told Bloomberg. “The system was designed to identify safety issues,” he… Read More »