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International Day of Charity

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While most of us are well-aware of the Labor Day holiday we celebrated this weekend, Saturday also marked a newer, less well known observance: the International Day of Charity, observed annually on September 5. The annual observance was declared in 2012 by the United Nations, “In recognition of the role of charity in alleviating humanitarian crises and human ‎suffering within and among nations…” Biopharmaceutical companies are committed to improving health care systems and access to Read More >

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Politico: Carter’s Cancer Care Reflects Improved Drug Treatments

Jimmy Carter, Wikimedia Commons, The Commonwealth Club

This week, Politico’s Jason Millman highlights the treatment and care that Jimmy Carter is receiving for the melanoma that doctors found in his brain this month. The care he is receiving reflects improved drug treatments through a new class of breakthrough drugs that is changing the nature of how doctors and patients approach cancer care. Millman raises the issue of end of life care, a debate that he asserts ‘too often ignores patients’ wishes and brings Read More >

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Congress Blog: Medical Advances Keep Me Running

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This week, 74-year-old multiple myeloma patient Don Wright shares his story on how cancer drugs have allowed him to not only keep his cancer in check, but enabled him to be well enough and free enough to run marathons around the country. For 12 years, Wright has been battling a cancer called multiple myeloma, a rare cancer in the bone marrow that used to have a life expectancy of just three years. Medical advances changed that. Read More >

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Celebrating a Life-Saving Biotech Solution on World Mosquito Day

Mosquito pupae. World Mosquito Day.

Odds are the world’s deadliest animal is living in your home and you don’t know you are at risk. We do our best each day to make smart decisions to protect ourselves, our friends, our families and our neighbors from serious harm. But there is one danger lurking in many of our homes which is going unchecked. The Mosquito.  It beggars belief how a creature so small can be so dangerous, but mosquitoes kill one Read More >

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August: National Immunization Awareness Month

Adult vaccination

This month, we recognize National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) to emphasize the value and importance of vaccination to protect and promote health and well being and encourage healthcare professionals to recommend the vaccines their adult patients need. All adults should get vaccines to protect their health. Even healthy adults can become seriously ill, and can pass certain illnesses on to others. Immunization is especially important for older adults and for adults with chronic conditions such as Read More >

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