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“Uh, No”—Pfizer Scientist Denies Holmes’ Claim That Pfizer Endorsed Theranos Tech

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Enlarge / Theranos founder and former CEO Elizabeth Holmes inside the Robert F. Peckham US Federal Court on June 28, 2019, in San Jose, Calif. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes told Walgreens executives in an email that pharma giant Pfizer had completed its “own technical validation” of Theranos, jurors in Holmes’ criminal trial heard Friday. As if to support that claim, Holmes attached a document titled “Pfizer Theranos System Validation Final Report,” which included a Pfizer logo. 

But the document wasn’t the work of Pfizer’s scientists—it was from Theranos’ own staff.

Pfizer had investigated Theranos’ technology in 2008, but it ultimately concluded that the startup wasn’t worth investing in. “Theranos does not at this time have any diagnostic or clinical interest to Pfizer,” Shane Weber, former director of diagnostics at Pfizer, wrote in December 2008. He added that “no further financial investment or clinical sample resources [should] be extended to Theranos.”

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Daré Bioscience’s One-Time Bacterial Vaginosis Treatment Scores FDA Approval

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The FDA has approved Daré Bioscience Inc (NASDAQ: DARE) Xaciato (DARE-BV1) to treat bacterial vaginosis. 
Xaciato is a thermosetting bioadhesive hydrogel containing clindamycin phosphate 2% designed as a one-time vaginally-administered treatment for bacterial vaginosis.
The FDA accepted the application …

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4 Potential Winners in an Oakland A’s Move to Las Vegas

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Professional sports have invaded Las Vegas and more could be on the way. The National Football League and National Hockey League have teams that call Vegas home. Could Major League Baseball be next?

What Happened: The Oakland A’s are seeking to get a new stadium built to replace the Oakland Coliseum. As talks between the team and city stall, the team has actively pursued locations in or near Las Vegas for relocation.

The A’s have looked at dozens of locations with two to three final spots now chosen. Among the potential leaders is said to be the Tropicana hotel site, which is owned by Bally’s Corp (NYSE: BALY).

The Tropicana site is near the south portion of the Las Vegas resorts and would be close to other sports stadiums and event spaces. Bally’s Chairman Soo Kim was open to a potential deal with the A’s earlier this year saying there were 35 acres at the Tropicana.

Two other locations owned by Caesars Entertainment Inc (NASDAQ: CZR) and Wynn Resorts, Limited (NASDAQ: WYNN) are said to be finalists, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Another wild card in the mix is Howard Hughes Corp (NYSE: HHC), which is …

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Food En Route to Hungry Haitian Pre-Trial Detainees & Inmates

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Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Dec. 05, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Pre-trial detainees and inmates of 20 overcrowded Haitian prisons across the country will be steadily receiving life-saving food support over the next three months through a joint relief effort by non-profits World Hope International, Rise Against Hunger, Health through Walls, and AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

Despite significant efforts by the international community, the proportion of pre-trial detainees in Haitian prisons has continued to grow and reached 82% of the overall prison population.

This situation has resulted in extreme overcrowding in most prisons, and detainees have limited access to the outdoors and to sanitation services. Due to irregular and insufficient supplies, the ~11,000 prisoners and detainees have extremely limited access to food, water, and health services across the prisons, often receiving less than one meal per day.

Malnutrition makes persons more susceptible to infectious disease, and once infected, more likely to have a poor outcome. Malnutrition also exacerbates chronic diseases. To respond to all these needs, the Haitian Prison Authority needs more capacity as per Dr. John May, HtW President.

In response to the crisis, Rise Against Hunger has committed 12 containers of food from across the United States to feed this population for three months. World Hope International will manage the logistics of transporting and importing the food into Haiti, and Health through Walls and AIDS Healthcare Foundation will distribute the supplies to the 20 prisons across the mainland. 

“World Hope International has been operating in Haiti since 1996 and we just completed some similar logistics support for partners in response to the earthquake in August,” said John Lyon, World Hope International CEO & President. “We believe everyone should have access to food and other vital resources like clean water. We’re glad to be able to form this relief consortium with Rise Against Hunger, Health through Walls and AIDS Healthcare Foundation to ensure that these detainees and prisoners are getting the sustenance—and hope—they need during this difficult period of time in Haiti.” 

“As the effects of August’s 7.2-magnitude earthquake, political unrest and increased turmoil have been felt across Haiti, Rise Against Hunger has been especially focused on supporting …

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