A revolutionary class of drugs with the potential to treat intractable diseases like cancer and other killers — as well as to explode health spending globally — is at the center of the toughest negotiations of the biggest trade deal in history. The pharmaceutical industry has been pressing the Obama administration to insist that the Trans-Pacific Partnership include 12 years of monopoly pricing power for the makers of these complex and costly drugs. But critics and international relief organizations warn that the deal would lock in higher costs and mean that far fewer people in developing countries would be able to afford life-saving medication. Story Continued Below For lawmakers opposed to giving broad trade-negotiating authority to the administration, the drug dispute highlights the danger of setting policies on life-and-death matters through a mostly closed-door process. “This deal is being negotiated largely in secret, but what we do know is that the … [Read more...] about Big Pharma seeks special trade deal
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By Tom FitzGerald Updated 3:39 pm PST, Saturday, December 1, 2018 Stanford teammates swarm Paulson Adebo after his interception. Adebo had two picks Saturday as Stanford’s defense throttled Cal and led the way to a 23-13 victory, the Cardinal’s ninth straight Big Game win. less Stanford teammates swarm Paulson Adebo after his interception. Adebo had two picks Saturday as Stanford’s defense throttled Cal and led the way to a 23-13 victory, the Cardinal’s ninth straight Big Game ... more Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle Photo: Santiago Mejia / The Chronicle Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Stanford teammates swarm Paulson Adebo after his interception. Adebo had two picks Saturday as Stanford’s defense throttled Cal and led the way to a … [Read more...] about Stanford rides defense to 23-13 Big Game defeat of Cal
ANDREA Montgomery once said her singer-songwriter husband (Anthony Toner) would do anything to make her laugh and now some of his attempts have made it into her first book – of cartoons. 'Life with Anthony' is one of seven sub-categories in the debut book, Pen & Predjudice from the Belfast theatre director and scriptwriter and, she assures me, the unflappable Mr Toner is not in the least bit alarmed. Not so for the rookie cartoonist herself, though, who was feeling "quite nervous" ahead of the book's launch at the Eastside Arts Festival in Belfast last Sunday. The misspelt 'prejudice' on the book's cover is intentional, by the way, as Andrea has dyslexia and learned to draw before she was able to read and write at school. "I was diagnosed at about 10 years old, after quite a lot of 'you're very smart, why won't you try harder' feedback from teachers," she says. "So, when I realised I had typed 'Predjudice', instead of 'Prejudice' for the book's title, I decided to leave it … [Read more...] about The relentless march of time is one big laugh for theatre director, Andrea Montgomery
Matthew Hurt’s final summer of high school hoops ended with a bang. A gold medal and some big AAU wins sent his stock soaring. The next bang will be Hurt’s college decision — more like a KA-BOOM! — heard around the country, especially in Minnesota. “I’m trying to make a decision before the high school season for sure,” the Rochester John Marshall senior-to-be and top-five Class of 2019 player said. “Whatever school I go to, I’m going to try to make a big impact right away. And my ultimate goal is to win.” Describing Hurt only as a five-star prospect doesn’t do him justice. He’s a sharpshooting, slam-dunking, shot-blocking, big-shot making 6-9 forward that can play inside and out. Which lucky five programs will get official visits this fall? The ones recruiting him the hardest right now are Minnesota, Indiana, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Duke, UCLA, Memphis and Iowa. For Richard Pitino, Hurt is talented enough … [Read more...] about Matthew Hurt’s big choice looms: Will Michael Hurt’s rise on Gophers influence decision?
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Jenna Russell Globe Staff June 19, 2018 On the day last July that she will remember forever, Alison Reeves stopped by her parents’ house in Hingham, to drop off the dog she shared with her brother, Austin. But as their pit bull mix, Faith, hopped up on his bed to greet him, Alison could see that her brother was upset. He had been having a hard time, she knew. The reasons were complex, among them a breakup and a sense of lost direction. Alison was worried about her “big little brother,” as she called the tall, muscled 26-year-old. So she tried to persuade him to come with her.She was headed out of town to a wedding. She invited her brother to join her, have some fun, forget his troubles. But he had a job that night, valet parking at a party — and Austin was a stickler about showing up for work. Advertisement “I’ll give you … [Read more...] about How one woman, stunned by her brother’s death, found a way to use her grief for good