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World AIDS Day:
Untreatable to Beatable

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I was just starting my first year in the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1981 when the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a troubling report describing a strange lung infection that had crippled the immune systems of five young men in Los Angeles. The CDC called it “pneumocystis pneumonia.” As it turns out, these were the first officially recorded cases of the global AIDS epidemic. By the time I left the statehouse for Congress in Read More >

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BIO Statement on President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services

BIO issued the following statement on President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services: BIO applauds the selection of Dr. Tom Price (R-GA) as Secretary of Health and Human Services and looks forward to working with him to ensure innovative biopharmaceutical breakthroughs are accessible to the patients that need them. Dr. Price has been a leader in healthcare policy throughout his career in the U.S. Congress. An orthopedic surgeon by trade, Read More >

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A Poignant Election Day Comeback

Rep. DeSaulnier (center) with representatives of the American Cancer Society

On Election Day, a day of underdogs and upsets in American politics, Representative Mark DeSaulnier may have scored the greatest comeback of them all. Six months after completing chemotherapy to treat chronic lymphocytic leukemia, he has now beaten cancer and his opponent for California’s 11th district congressional seat. The type of leukemia that was diagnosed in Rep. DeSaulnier is the most common form of blood cancer in adults. Once it goes into remission, the five-year Read More >

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Biotech Researchers Eye Alzheimer’s Breakthroughs
Years after President Reagan’s Courageous “Sunset”

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Like most Americans, I have enormous admiration for President Ronald Reagan. The world witnessed his courage and conviction when he confronted communism at the Brandenburg Gate. I also admire the 40th President for the bravery he showed after leaving office when he publicly shared his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. In so doing, he transformed the global Alzheimer’s conversation from a whisper to a roar. One of our greatest leaders helped tear down walls and tear down the Read More >

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One Health Day

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Today, in recognition of One Health Day, I shared my thoughts with The Hill’s Congress Blog about the importance of recognizing the inextricable links between human health and the health of animals and the environment we share: For centuries, humans have shared a bond with animals unlike any other – one so strong that it has been scientifically shown to improve the emotional and mental health of people who spend time with nature’s magnificent creatures. Here Read More >

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