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World AIDS Day:
Untreatable to Beatable

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I was just starting my first year in the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1981 when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a troubling report describing a strange lung infection that had crippled the immune systems of five young men in Los Angeles. The CDC called it “pneumocystis pneumonia.” As it turns out, these were the first officially recorded cases of the global AIDS epidemic. By the time I left the statehouse for Congress in Read More >

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BIO Statement on President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services

BIO issued the following statement on President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services: BIO applauds the selection of Dr. Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services and looks forward to working with him to ensure innovative biopharmaceutical breakthroughs are accessible to the patients that need them. Dr. Price has been a leader in healthcare policy throughout his career in the U.S. Congress. An orthopedic surgeon by trade, Read More >

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Can GMOs Save the Wild American Chestnut Tree?

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As we conclude the Thanksgiving holiday and head into the season of Christmas, it’s important to remind folks of the American chestnut tree blight. In the early 1900s, the eastern United States chestnut tree population was hit with a pathogenic fungus called Cryphonectria parasitica. This fungus is the main cause of chestnut blight, a disease that wiped out 3 to 4 billion trees in just a couple of decades and nearly devastated the entire chestnut Read More >

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Infectious Diseases: Mortality Down, but Still Poses Threat

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Last week, NPR highlighted The Journal of the American Medical Association’s (JAMA) latest research letter titled, “Infectious Disease Mortality Trends in the United States, 1980-2014.” This research letter describes a steady decline of mortality from infectious diseases in the U.S. As NPR reports, the research states that only 5.4 percent of deaths from 1980 to 2014 were due to infectious disease. It’s clear we’ve come a long way compared to 1900 when that number was Read More >

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A Poignant Election Day Comeback

Rep. DeSaulnier (center) with representatives of the American Cancer Society

On Election Day, a day of underdogs and upsets in American politics, Representative Mark DeSaulnier may have scored the greatest comeback of them all. Six months after completing chemotherapy to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia, he has now beaten cancer and his opponent for California’s 11th district congressional seat. The type of leukemia that was diagnosed in Rep. DeSaulnier is the most common form of blood cancer in adults. Once it goes into remission, the five-year Read More >

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