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Obama Launches Initiative Aimed at Curing HIV

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Today, the Obama administration announced that it is shifting $100 million into research efforts aimed at curing HIV. The initiative is aimed at developing new therapies. “The United States should be at the forefront of the discoveries how to put HIV in long-term remission without requiring lifelong therapies. Or, better yet, eliminate it completely,” President Obama said. The president was less specific about support for programs aimed at treating and preventing HIV/AIDS globally. The U.S. Read More >

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World AIDS Day: Act Aware

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World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. The theme for this year’s World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) is focused on education on HIV/AIDS awareness and applying this knowledge to encourage protection from HIV infection. Many Read More >

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The Arrival of Actionable Personalized Medicine

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The pace of implementation of next-generation sequencing (NGS) in a clinical context, which almost rivals the development of the technology over the past decade, is driving the cost of a full genome sequence down to just a few thousand dollars. Diagnostic companies and medical centers are now routinely offering comprehensive genome analysis, as evidenced by the recent report from Baylor College of Medicine in the New England Journal of Medicine on the first 250 patients Read More >

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Sequester Threatens FDA Mission

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One aspect of sequestration isn’t doing anything to reduce the deficit, but could be delaying patient access to new drugs and medical devices, according to the FDA’s Janet Woodcock at a House subcommittee hearing on Friday. The FDA is being denied access to some of the user fees paid by the drug and device industries, which are intended to fund FDA’s review and oversight programs and ensure timely patient access to new and effective treatments. Read More >

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New Cancer Treatments Seek to Give the Immune System Superpowers

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Melanoma is scary. It is aggressive, spreads quickly to far-away organs with the stealth and cunning of the most adept villain, and it is increasingly striking young people-it is now the most common form of cancer diagnosed in women 25-29. But the “good guys” are fighting back with increasing success. As the CEO of the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), a patient-focused, science-based organization dedicated to fighting this deadly skin cancer, I see signs every day Read More >

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