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U-T San Diego Commentary: Lack of Preparedness to Ebola Is Symptom of Larger Disease

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Last week, the U-T San Diego published an op-ed by Betrand Liang, CEO of Pfenex Inc., a BIO member, arguing that our current lack of vaccines and therapies for Ebola is a symptom of a larger problem. That problem, Liang argues, is a lack of funding for critical biodefense programs which Congress passed in 2004 as a way to prepare us for biological agents like anthrax, smallpox, and Ebola, as well as chemical, radiological, and Read More >

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Flu Season: Get Vaccinated Now to Ensure Protection

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With flu season – and holiday travel – just around the corner, right now is a good time to get an annual flu vaccine (whether you opt for a shot or the nasal spray), which is the best way to prevent yourself from becoming infected with the flu. Flu season in America most commonly peaks between December and January. It typically takes about two weeks after you are vaccinated for protective antibodies to build up Read More >

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Shining A Light on Lung Cancer

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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the US, taking the lives of twice as many women as breast cancer and three times as many men as prostate cancer. While a history of smoking is the main risk factor for developing lung cancer, nearly 80% of those diagnosed today were never smokers or are former smokers who quit decades ago. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a time of reflection for advocates Read More >

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Story on Use of Surrogate Measures

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Earlier this week, John Fauber of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote an article on measures used to determine whether new medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases should reach patients. Fauber seem(s) to suggest that the use of surrogate measures – such as tumor shrinkage – do not provide evidence of drug efficacy. The story fails to present a balanced view of the complex benefit-risk assessments that the FDA must carefully consider when reviewing applications for Read More >

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CQ HealthBeat: Ebola Crisis

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Last week, CQ HealthBeat published a ‘Did you know?’ infographic on Washington’s reaction to the Ebola crisis. Here are a few numbers you may not know: 5: The number of U.S. airports where passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are being screened for Ebola 72: The number of people being monitored for the Ebola virus in Spain, after a nurse contracted the virus 4,000: The number of U.S. military troops to be deployed to Africa Read More >

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