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Research!America Report: Investment in Health Research Remains Stagnant

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By Research!America The U.S. public and private sectors invested $140.5 billion in 2010 on research to find new ways to treat, cure and prevent disease and disability, according to Research!America’s latest annual estimate. Health research spending accounted for only 5.5% of the $2.6 trillion the U.S. spent on health care in 2010. Health research as a percentage of health care spending has hovered around 5.5% since 2005, remaining essentially stagnant. Investment in health research experienced Read More >

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Vaccinate Adults to Protect Children

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By Jennifer Wider, M.D., Founder/President, medical advisor for the Society for Women’s Health Research Mention the word vaccination and most people think of babies, toddlers and school-age children. But as the fact is, adults also need to be vaccinated (when and where appropriate) to keep themselves and their children safe. Unfortunately, far too many adults overlook these lifesaving measures. According to a recent report conducted by the Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit organization in Read More >

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When RARE is not so RARE!

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By Nicole Boice, Founder/President, RARE Project Did you know that there is a community of sick and disabled women, children, and men that is so large that it outnumbers all of those with cancer and AIDS combined worldwide?  Scary to think about? Can you guess what it is? Staggering Statistics The Rare Disease Community is made up of over 7,000 known rare diseases and over 350 million people worldwide.  Here in the US, over 35 Read More >

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How to grow the economy and feed the world

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By Barbara Wells, President and CEO, ArborGen Chair, BIO Food and Agriculture Section Governing Board For the past two decades, the United States has led the world in crop biotechnology innovation. Under this leadership, American growers have produced most of the world’s food, fiber and energy, while the U.S. agricultural sector experienced sustained economic growth and a positive trade balance. But an increasingly complicated regulatory system and threats of litigation from opponents of technology have Read More >

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Bayh Dole Act a Failure? Part II: The Comments

By Guest Joseph Allen Yesterday we posted the reply of Robin Rasor, President of the Assn of University Technology Managers, to a Washington Post opinion piece by Vivek Wadhwa asserting that the university/industry technology transfer model established under the Bayh-Dole Act had failed and should be replaced.  The article set off a series of comments, the most interesting of which occurred when Mr Wadhwa challenged Rasor to document the statistics she used asserting the Bayh-Dole Read More >

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