<![CDATA[Hedgehogs.net: '' related content]]> http://www.hedgehogs.net/tag/national+institute?view=rss http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11452915/the-cancer-drugs-fund-benign-or-malignant Wed, 28 Jan 2015 23:29:08 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11452915/the-cancer-drugs-fund-benign-or-malignant <![CDATA[The Cancer Drugs Fund: Benign or malignant?]]> “ENGLAND denied miracle bone cancer drug”. A few years ago that sort of headline was common in newspapers. The accompanying stories tended to explain that the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which advises the NHS, had rejected a cancer drug as too expensive. David Cameron, who worked in public relations before becoming a politician, decided to do something. In 2010 his government created a Cancer Drugs Fund to pay for medicines rejected or not yet evaluated by NICE. The headlines diminished. But now they are back.Since it was set up, the budget of the Cancer Drugs Fund has grown from £200m to £280m ($423m). That is to be expected. The whole point of the fund is that it vets drugs quickly and less stringently than NICE. So as the number and cost of cancer drugs increases, so does spending. But the fund has overspent: last week 25 treatments had to be struck off the list. On January 19th a new group, involving the health department, NICE, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and various cancer charities, met to work out what to do with the fund. It is likely that NICE will take over some of its work. But a more drastic remedy would be kinder.Whereas NICE weighs the cost and benefits of drugs and is often able to drive down prices, the more accommodating Cancer Drugs Fund pushes them up. Eisai, a drugs company, once offered NICE a...

http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11402823/hktdc-and-mexicos-national-institute-of-the-entrepreneur-sign-mou Wed, 29 Oct 2014 04:18:19 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11402823/hktdc-and-mexicos-national-institute-of-the-entrepreneur-sign-mou <![CDATA[HKTDC and Mexicoâs National Institute of the Entrepreneur Sign MOU]]> 11402823 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11395827/the-united-states-of-alcoholism Sun, 12 Oct 2014 08:19:40 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11395827/the-united-states-of-alcoholism <![CDATA[The United States of Alcoholism]]>

Drinking Rate USA


http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11362780/scottish-independence-yes-vote-is-a-high-risk-event-citi-warns Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:41:26 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11362780/scottish-independence-yes-vote-is-a-high-risk-event-citi-warns <![CDATA[Scottish Independence 'Yes' Vote Is A "High Risk" Event, Citi Warns]]> A "Yes" vote for Scottish independence represents a "high risk" event according to Citi's Michael Saunders. With the so-called 'neverendum' now less than a month away, Citi continues to highlight three particular concerns if Scotland does vote for independence: Scotland’s relatively weak fiscal position, Scotland’s large banking system and uncertainties over the currency arrangements of an independent Scotland. The Scottish Government seems to be seeking a policy of "sterlingisation" - which even their economic advisors judge "is not likely to be a long-term solution." For now a "no" vote is most likely, however, even if the Scottish referendum does not pass, the UK political landscape is likely to remain in a state of flux.


http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11361206/ai-robotics-and-the-future-of-jobs Sat, 23 Aug 2014 19:51:21 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11361206/ai-robotics-and-the-future-of-jobs <![CDATA[AI, Robotics, and the Future of Jobs]]> This past week several reports came across my desk highlighting both the good news and the bad news about the future of automation and robotics. There are those who think that automation and robotics are going to be a massive destroyer of jobs and others who think that in general humans respond to shifts in employment opportunities by creating new opportunities.


http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11344064/gbp-rate-declines-on-manufacturing-data Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:42:06 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11344064/gbp-rate-declines-on-manufacturing-data <![CDATA[GBP Rate: Declines on Manufacturing Data]]> 11344064 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11297623/equinix-vancis-and-nikhef-boost-network-connectivity-with-new-partnership-in-amsterdam Sat, 12 Apr 2014 17:35:26 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11297623/equinix-vancis-and-nikhef-boost-network-connectivity-with-new-partnership-in-amsterdam <![CDATA[Equinix, Vancis and Nikhef Boost Network Connectivity with New Partnership in Amsterdam]]> Equinix


http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11294743/roche-lung-cancer-pill-gets-reprieve-in-reversal Sat, 05 Apr 2014 08:01:53 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11294743/roche-lung-cancer-pill-gets-reprieve-in-reversal <![CDATA[Roche lung cancer pill gets reprieve in reversal]]>

http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11293326/dark-pools-of-money-in-politics Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:39:44 +0100 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11293326/dark-pools-of-money-in-politics <![CDATA[Dark Pools of Money In Politics]]>

I’m interested in applying data journalism to research campaign contributions. Here are some curations pertaining to money in politics – included are videos, readings, and tools to explore campaign finance contributions.


http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11288817/legalizing-medical-marijuana-may-actually-reduce-crime-study-says Fri, 28 Mar 2014 02:13:29 +0000 http://www.hedgehogs.net/pg/newsfeeds/hhwebadmin/item/11288817/legalizing-medical-marijuana-may-actually-reduce-crime-study-says <![CDATA[Legalizing Medical Marijuana May Actually Reduce Crime, Study Says]]> a journal article published this week.

The study, published in PLOS ONE on Wednesday, appears to settle concerns, simmering since the first states approved medical marijuana nearly two decades ago, that legalization would lead to more crime.

"We believe that medical marijuana legalization poses no threat of increased violent crime," Robert Morris, the study's lead author, told The Huffington Post.

Morris, associate professor of criminology at UT Dallas, and his colleagues looked at crime rates for all 50 U.S. states from 1990 to 2006. During this period, 11 states legalized medical marijuana. The researchers examined legalization's effect on what the FBI calls Part I crimes, which include homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and auto theft.

"After controlling for a host of known factors related to changes in crime rates -- we accounted for factors such as poverty, employment, education, even per capita beer sales, among other things -- we found no evidence of increases in any of these crimes for states after legalizing marijuana for medical use," Morris said. "In fact, for some forms of violence -- homicide and assault -- we found partial support for declines after the passing of this legislation."

Data for the study came from state websites, FBI Uniform Crime Reports, the census, The Bureau of Labor Statistics, The Bureau of Economic Analysis and the Beer Institute.

The study did not explore a relationship between marijuana use and violent crime, Morris said. Rather, the research team looked at legalization's effect on crime. Other studies have failed to establish a link between marijuana use and crime.

"The findings on the relationship between violence and marijuana use are mixed and much of the evidence points toward reductions in violent behavior for those who smoke marijuana," Morris said. "In fact, researchers have suggested that any increase in criminality resulting from marijuana use may be explained by its illegality, rather than from the substance itself."

Other research suggests alcohol is a much more significant factor than marijuana when it comes to violent crime. A report from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that 25 percent to 30 percent of violent crimes are linked to alcohol use. A separate study in the journal of Addictive Behaviors noted that "alcohol is clearly the drug with the most evidence to support a direct intoxication-violence relationship," and that "cannabis reduces likelihood of violence during intoxication." The National Academy of Sciences found that in chronic marijuana users, THC -- the active ingredient in pot -- actually causes a decrease in "aggressive and violent behavior."

Laws in 20 states and the District of Columbia allow marijuana for medical use. Colorado and Washington state have legalized marijuana for recreational use. About a dozen other states are likely to legalize marijuana in some form in the coming years.

Michael Elliott, executive director of the Marijuana Industry Group, said he was pleased, but not surprised, by the new research.

"As a trade association, we have supported the development of this comprehensive regulatory framework, including transparency, accountability, licensing, background checks, financial disclosures, seed to sale tracking, and consumer safety protections like packaging, labeling, and testing," Elliott said. "While this program is cumbersome for the small business owners in this industry, it is far better than choosing black market operators who use violence to dominate the sale of marijuana and prey on our children.”]]>