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Infectious Diseases: Mortality Down, but Still Poses Threat

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Last week, NPR highlighted The Journal of the American Medical Association’s (JAMA) latest research letter titled, “Infectious Disease Mortality Trends in the United States, 1980-2014.” This research letter describes a steady decline of mortality from infectious diseases in the U.S. As NPR reports, the research states that only 5.4 percent of deaths from 1980 to 2014 were due to infectious disease. It’s clear we’ve come a long way compared to 1900 when that number was Read More >

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Alzheimer’s Research: Where We’ve Failed and What’s To Come

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Alzheimer’s disease is a rapidly growing public health crisis. Today an estimated 5.4 million Americans live with the disease and, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent, stop or slow Alzheimer’s disease by 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease may reach as high as 16 million people. What’s more, at a cost of $236 billion a year, Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the nation with an Read More >

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Is Immunotherapy the 4th Pillar of Oncology?

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In contrast to the three traditional pillars of cancer treatment (surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy), cancer immunotherapy is a relatively young field, yet it is considered a huge game-changer – as it is in the process of changing how we treat cancer. Immunotherapy is rapidly becoming part of the toolbox for treatment of various types of cancers, in some cases already establishing a new standard of care. Take the example of melanoma which will have about 76,000 Read More >

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Health Affairs: Burden of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

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Just as flu season gears up, Health Affairs released a new study, “Modeling The Economic Burden Of Adult Vaccine-Preventable Diseases In The United States.” In this study, they explore the financial burden of diseases brought on by adults who avoid the 10 vaccines recommended by the CDC. One of those being the yearly flu shot that save thousands of lives every year. Yet, according to the CDC less than 50 percent of adults opted to Read More >

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Five Oncologists Weigh in on Value Frameworks

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Value Frameworks, which attempt to quantify the value of a medicine, have been a hot topic of late, given the recent proliferation of such frameworks and the ongoing debate about the cost and value of medicines. Last month, BIO CEO Jim Greenwood wrote about the critical importance of value frameworks being patient-centric and scientifically rigorous in their methodology. Today, writing in the Oncology Business Review, five oncologists joined the discussion, proposing five principles for value Read More >

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