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NY-based startup crowdfunding for Apple HealthKit-integrated, alcohol breathalyzer-app combo

Globally, traffic deaths are the most common cause of death among younger people aged 15 to 29, according to the latest statistics from the World Health Organization. Concerted efforts in the U.S. over the last few decades have resulted in massive reductions of drunk driving fatalities, but an estimated one-quarter of people in their early 20s still drive while impaired by alcohol.

Shkreli's Twitter account hacked, spokesperson says

Hackers have reportedly taken control of Martin Shkreli's Twitter account. Suspicion that the account had been compromised emerged on Sunday when Shkreli's Twitter handle fired off a series of posts that were unusual even by the standards of the controversial former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals.

AstraZeneca wants its scientists to interact on social media

AstraZeneca wants its scientists to get social. The Big Pharma company is encouraging its research teams to share data and collaborate on Salesforce Chatter, an enterprise social network it thinks can support its push to eliminate silos in its R&D operation.

A pair of Apple-based COPD apps launch--one for a major study, the other a patient aid

The deluge of uses for Apple's ResearchKit and HealthKit development tools seems to be starting in earnest. The latest entrants are a couple of apps aimed at chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. One, from the non-profit COPD Foundation, hopes to enroll more than 75,000 COPD patients in a lung health research study, while the other is intended to offer the means for patients to better monitor and manage COPD.

FDA gives scientists freedom to tweet in long-awaited social media policy

The regulator, which has faced criticism in the past over its failure to establish a policy, set out its position in a 12-page document.

SEC pursues trader over 'phony tweets' that sank Sarepta's stock

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a trader with using fraudulent posts on Twitter to manipulate the stock price of Sarepta Therapeutics. James Alan Craig, the man at the center of the case, is alleged to have created a Twitter account that looked like it belonged to securities research firm Citron Research and used it to post lies about Sarepta.

Life sciences slated as first Alphabet spinout after Google reorg

Life sciences will be a keystone to the newly reconceptualized Google. Under the umbrella of the parent company Alphabet, life sciences will be the first standalone company to stand shoulder to shoulder with the search engine-focused Google.

Congressman pushes to unshackle pharma on social media

A congressman is taking aim at perceived flaws in FDA's long-awaited, much-discussed guidance on the use of Twitter.

GSK's social media savvy bags it 2nd place in digital ranking of big British businesses

GlaxoSmithKline has shone in a ranking of the social media savvy of the 100 largest publicly traded firms in the United Kingdom. The Big Pharma ranked second on the list, an outcome that suggests at least some drugmakers compare favorably to their peers in other industries.

Bayer, Boehringer lead rapid rise in pharma's social media output

Large pharma companies are posting 530% more tweets a week than in 2013, a study by Ogilvy Healthworld found. The healthcare communications group tracked the social media activity of 14 large pharma companies for one week per month over three months.