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Tackling Zika: Q&A With PaxVax CEO Nima Farzan

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As mosquito season kicks into high gear and the threat of Zika transmission in the United States grows, the global health community is grappling with how to address not only the potential for large-scale outbreaks in the near-term but the possibility that Zika will linger as an on-going threat, similar to West Nile virus, for years to come. More than 15 companies and public-health organizations have publically stated that they are working on Zika vaccine Read More >

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Development of a Novel Zika Vaccine with MVA-VLP Technology

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Since the World Health Organization (WHO) first designated the Zika virus an international public health emergency on February 1, 2016, public health officials have become increasingly alarmed. On April 13 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a report in the New England Journal of Medicine, confirming the previous suspicions that Zika virus causes severe birth defects, including microcephaly – a condition where children are born with unusually small heads. The virus is Read More >

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Lupus Awareness Month: Help Us Solve The Cruel Mystery

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Lupus is an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that is difficult to diagnose, hard to live with and a challenge to treat. Lupus ravages different parts of the body, causing inflammation and tissue damage to virtually any organ system, including skin, joints, heart, lungs, kidney and brain. There is only one drug designed specifically approved to treat lupus, although there are other treatments that are commonly prescribed off-label and several potential new treatments in development Read More >

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May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

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Each year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) works with public and private sector partners to designate May as Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. Asthma and allergies are among the most common chronic conditions, affecting millions of Americans from a wide range of demographics – across all ages, genders, ethnicities, and socioeconomic statuses. During the month-long awareness event, we focus on providing education and increasing knowledge to help improve the quality of life Read More >

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Igniting the Tipping Point between Digital Health and Pharma

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In 2016, the digital transformation in healthcare is poised to shift from a silently rising tide to a tumultuous, crashing wave. (The sound of innovation will be especially audible June 6 and 7 at BIO 2016 in San Francisco.) A survey last year by the trend-watchers at Russell Reynolds Associates found that 47 percent of healthcare executives thought that their business would be “moderately or massively disrupted by digital in the next 12 months.” If Read More >

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