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Chairman Upton and Rep. DeGette Op-Ed: Can We Find Cures for 7,000 Diseases?

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In a CNN.com op-ed, Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO) provide highlights of policies that they intend to propose to help get more cures and treatments for the more than 7,000 diseases for which only 500 have cures and treatments. Chairman Upton and Rep. DeGette launched the 21st Century Cures Initiative to identify areas of reform to help ‘close the gap between the science of medicine and the Read More >

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Bavarian Nordic CEO Paul Chaplin in San Jose Mercury News: Why an Ebola Vaccine Still Matters

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The San Jose Mercury News this weekend published an op-ed by Paul Chaplin, the CEO of Bavarian Nordic and a co-chair of the Alliance for Biosecurity which discussed the continuing need to develop an Ebola vaccine – as well as continued federal investments in the programs which fund such research. As Dr. Chaplin notes, all of the Ebola drug and vaccine candidates currently in development have received U.S. federal funding. Why do medical countermeasures against Read More >

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CDC: It’s Not Too Late to Get This Season’s Flu Vaccine

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Politico Pro’s Brett Norman today writes that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to encourage the public to get the flu vaccine since hospitalizations related to the flu are on the rise. The article states that flu-related hospitalizations of those over 65 jumped to 92 per 100,000 this week, up from 52 last week. “The fact that this season’s flu vaccine is poorly matched with the dominant strains circulating makes it more Read More >

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Cervical Health Awareness Month: 5 Things You Need to Know about HPV

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Approximately 79 million Americans have HPV (human papillomavirus), which is a major cause of cervical cancer. HPVs are a group of more than 150 related viruses. More than 40 of these viruses can be easily spread through direct skin-to-skin contact. Most infections with high-risk HPVs do not cause cancer. Many HPV infections disappear within two years, but infections lasting several years may increase the risk of developing cancer. High-risk HPV infection accounts for approximately five Read More >

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PBS Newshour: What you need to know about this year’s elevated flu threat

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PBS Newshour last week had a segment about this year’s flu season, which doctors are warning could be more severe than normal. One reason for that is that one of the flu virus strains that is most prevalent is not responding as well as usual to the vaccine. LJ Tan explains: …with this upcoming season, we are getting a predominance of H3N2. That means we might have a more severe season. But not only that Read More >

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