15 of the Biggest Health Topics of 2019

Iconix Brands Ex-CEO Neil Cole Charged by U.S. in Accounting Fraud

The founder of Iconix Brand Group was charged by federal prosecutors in an alleged accounting fraud at the company, which licenses clothing brands including Joe Boxer, London Fog, Starter, Zoo York and Umbro.

Neil Cole, the founder and former chief executive officer, and Seth Horowitz, the ex-chief operating officer, are accused in Manhattan federal court, according to charges unsealed Thursday.

Trading in Iconix was halted Thursday.

Cole stepped down as chairman and CEO of New York-based Iconix in August 2015.

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‘Don’t mess with me’ — Pelosi gets into heated exchange over ‘hate’ for Trump

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi exploded at a reporter Thursday when asked if she “hates” President Donald Trump, in a heated exchange that came after she called for impeachment articles to be drawn up.

Pelosi was asked the question at a news conference by James Rosen, a reporter for conservative-leaning Sinclair Broadcast Group SBGI, -1.70%.

Rosen noted in his question that Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, has said Democrats’ impeachment inquiry into Trump is based on dislike of the president. “It’s an important point,” Rosen said to the California Democrat.

Pelosi said she doesn’t hate anybody and told reporters she prays for Trump.

Watch the entire exchange:

The testy exchange came on the same day Pelosi said she was asking the House Judiciary Committee and other key panels to proceed with drafting articles of impeachment against the president.

Trump insists he has done nothing wrong and on Thursday said Democrats should hurry up with their impeachment proceedings so a Senate trial can be held and the country can get “back to business.”

Biogen shares rise on Alzheimer’s candidate data

Shares of Biogen BIIB, +2.77% are up 3% after it released additional data about its recently resurrected Alzheimer’s disease drug candidate. A fresh take on data from two Phase 3 trials for aducanumab showed that patients in the Emerge trial who received a high dose of the therapy reported reduced clinical decline, meeting the trial’s first and secondary endpoints. The Engage trial did not report a reduction in clinical decline. The biotechnology company had said in March that it would scrap trials for aducanumab after a futility analysis indicated that the drug would not meet the studies’ primary endpoints. The stock sunk to its lowest point, $216.71, in 2019 the day after that announcement. But then in a surprise move, Biogen said in October it would seek Food and Drug Administration approval for aducanumab early next year following discussions with the regulator using a larger dataset than what was used in the futility analysis. Biogen shares have fallen about 3% year-to-date, compared to the S&P 500 SPX, -0.13%, which is up about 24%.

No Partisan Debate on This Fact: Impeachment.com Is for Sale

Way back in the internet’s infancy — the Clinton presidency — an investor snapped up the domain name Impeachment.com. More than 20 years later, it’s time to cash in.

Interested parties — Republicans, Democrats or otherwise — have until Dec. 16 to submit bids to intellectual property consulting firm Hilco Streambank, which is shopping the domain name.

“You could imagine one of the big red or blue fundraising platforms buying this and using it to their advantage,” Hilco Streambank Chief Executive Officer Gabe Fried said in an interview.

Fried’s business, which has offices in Massachussetts and New York, generally deals with defunct brands — for example it helped Dressbarn to sell off its intellectual property. So this isn’t a typical assignment for the firm.

Fried said he’s had some initial “kicking-the-tire inquiries” from what he characterizes as “wealthy people with a penchant for internet assets.”

Blackrock ousts executive viewed as possible CEO candidate for failing to disclose relationship: WSJ

Blackrock Inc. BLK, +0.76% has ousted Mark Wiseman for failing to disclose a romantic relationship with a client, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing a person familiar with the matter. Wiseman, who was viewed as a potential successor to Blackrock’s Chief Executive Lawrence Fink, breached the company’s policy by engaging in the relationship, the paper reported. The executive and his wife Marcia Moffat, head of Blackrock’s Canada office, were viewed as a married power couple at the asset manager. The relationship was with another employee. "I engaged in a consensual relationship with one of our colleagues without reporting it," Mr. Wiseman in a memo Thursday, according to the paper. "I regret my mistake and I accept responsibility for my actions." Wiseman came to Blackrock in 2016 from the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board. Blackrock shares were up 0.8% Thursday, and have gained 24% in 2019, matching the S&P 500’s SPX, -0.13% gains.

15 of the Biggest Health Topics of 2019

Some of the most talked about health topics of 2019 are negative – measles, food recalls, deaths from smoking e-cigarettes. But it has not all been bad news.

Yes, 2019 was the worst year for measles since 1992, which was declared eradicated from the United States in 2000. But 2019 was among the most exciting in the field of health care technology medical breakthroughs such as 3D printing of human organs and a promising new cancer treatment.

There were significant research developments in the treatment and prevention of diseases and chronic conditions that trouble millions of Americans, including cancer and arthritis. There were also many concerns surrounding the growing use of cannabis-based products.

In addition to public health issues related to lifestyle such as poor nutrition and personal beliefs such as vaccination exemptions, in 2019 environmental factors have also taken center stage. Mostly, the effects of global warming — from floods to fires and hurricanes — and how they can lead to a global food crisis.

Another effect of climate change that has also made the news this year is worsening air quality, which is blamed for thousands of premature deaths in the United States alone — these are the most polluted places in America.

As 2020 nears, we don’t just look back, but also ahead at the new year and the new decade — no doubt some of the breakthrough research this year will bear fruit in the ’20s.

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