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The Best Conspiracy Theories Never Die

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The best conspiracy theories never die. They evolve and adapt. They rebuff troublesome facts, plug their ears to common sense and embrace the outliers. There are no aliens at Area 51, Elvis has left the building, Obama was born in the USA – and Jenny McCarthy’s willfully ignorant anti-vaccine campaign has endangered lives. Diseases that were largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago—whooping cough, measles, mumps—are returning, in part because nervous parents are Read More >

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Patients Suffering from Gaucher’s Disease Deserve Better

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Gaucher Disease is one of the over 6,000 rare diseases that affect patients worldwide, representing a frontier of unmet medical need [NCATS, NIH]. The challenges for drug development generally—long and costly research and development timelines—are exacerbated by the inherently small patient populations affected by rare diseases. These patients can be difficult to identify and geographically dispersed and their clinical presentation can be quite disparate, complicating the design and recruitment for clinical trials used to determine Read More >

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BIO Participating in IDSA Stakeholder Group on Antimicrobial Resistance

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BIO will be participating in a newly formed partnership which will work collaboratively to inform federal policy and find ways to better combat the growing crisis of antimicrobial resistance. Launched yesterday by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), which also released foundation principles for the group, the U.S. Stakeholder Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance (S-FAR) will hold its inaugural meeting in Philadelphia next month on October 9th. BIO joins more than 75 other national organizations Read More >

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Tackling the Thorny Problem of Alzheimer’s

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Football fans are gearing up for tonight’s opening game when the defending Champion Seattle Seahawks take on the Green Bay Packers, and last minute fantasy leaguers are scrambling to finish their drafts and set their starting line-ups. The NFL has also been in the news recently following preliminary approval of a deal in the class-action lawsuit to compensate former players for concussion-related injury claims. According to a 2012 study in Neurology, NFL players are three Read More >

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Pennsylvania Roundtable Answers the Call for Cures

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Congressman Joe Pitts (PA-16) recently hosted a roundtable in Lancaster to discuss how to expedite cures and treatments with leading national, regional and local health care innovators from the government, private, and public sectors, including BIO’s Jim Greenwood, Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The roundtable is one of many being held across the country as part of the Read More >

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