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Hello, everyone, and how are you today? We are just fine, thank you, especially since we have made it to the middle of the week. Even during a shortened workweek, this is a milestone worth celebrating. So please join us as we quaff a few cups of stimulation — our flavor today is Hazelnut Creme, for those who care. And now, time to get cracking. Unlike the official mascots, our snoozing must wait. Here are a few tidbits to keep you moving. Hope you conquer the world and do drop us a line if you hear something intriguing …

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation is providing $7.2 million to four organizations to fund research and pilot programs to lower drug costs and lower financial burdens for patients, The Wall Street Journal writes. The largest grant recipients will be the Center for Health Policy and Outcomes at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, which is led by Dr. Peter Bach, a vocal critic of high drug prices.


As ADHD meds are increasingly used as “study drugs” to boost cognitive performance, such use is increasingly linked to emergency room visits, says NPR, citing new research in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. The study found that non-medical use of one such drug, Adderall, and generic versions rose 67 percent among adults between 2006 and 2011, while emergency room visits involving misuse increased from 862 visits in 2006 to 1,489 in 2011.

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