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Reimbursement Cuts Jeopardize Public Health

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Just this month physicians who administer lifesaving therapies in their offices are seeing their reimbursements cut due to the sequestration.  That’s because while some government spending was exempted from the sequestration, reimbursements under Medicare Part B were not. And yet, some continue to call for additional cuts to this important program, where some of the sickest patients receive their therapies under the administration of a physician.  Additional cuts to Medicare Part B would have a Read More >

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Scientific American Worldview Scorecard Correlates with International Investment

MikeMay

Biotechnology innovation requires investment, and the Scientific American Worldview Scorecard can predict where investment goes. A recent analysis indicates that the ranking of countries in this Scorecard correlates with global investment. As a result, the Worldview Scorecard provides a valuable tool for any country interested in increasing its appeal to biotechnology investors. In short, the Worldview Scorecard uses a wide collection of data – compiled and analyzed by Yali Friedman – that generates a metric Read More >

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The Farm Bill Levels the Playing Field for Rural Americans

Lloyd Ritter

Just one week after insulting immigrants with the release of a flawed study, the Heritage Foundation gave the back of its hand to rural Americans with a counterfactual attack on the Farm Bill. The Heritage Foundation, in a posting on its Foundry blog, dismissed grant and loan programs for renewable energy as “green” subsidies, advising rural Americans to wait until the free market provides them the capital to improve energy efficiency, build renewable energy projects Read More >

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Make Medical Research a National Priority

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Biomedical and health research fuels private sector innovation and the development of new therapies and devices to prevent and fight disease. Funding cuts threaten scientific discoveries that could lead to new therapies and potential cures for deadly disease. In recent months, thought leaders in medical research have taken their message public to demonstrate the medical, economic and competitive advantages of government investment in research. We must reinforce the message to members of Congress during the Read More >

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Who Cares About ALS?

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1,100 days. That’s the average amount of time a person survives following a diagnosis of ALS. That is because ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder defined by the loss of both upper and motor neurons which in the clinic is characterized by the atrophy of nearly all a person’s muscles.  These 1,100 days aren’t pretty. Each person will progressively lose their ability to speak, move or eat on their own. Most people will die from Read More >

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