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Fighting Ebola with Tobacco

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Years in the making, the Ebola virus has recently erupted into a full blown health crisis. As of this week, it has claimed the lives over a thousand people – mostly in Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea. Ebola is one of the world’s most virulent diseases and treating it is complicated by the fact that it is highly contagious and deadly. The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues Read More >

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Delivering on Biotech’s Promise to Treat Anthrax, Smallpox, Ebola

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Thanks to federal biodefense programs that partner with industry to develop and stockpile medical countermeasures, each year America is better equipped to respond to potential biological, chemical, nuclear and radiological threats, BIO president and CEO Jim Greenwood says in a Roll Call op-ed published today. With recent anthrax and smallpox incidents at CDC and NIH labs,  which fortunately did not lead to any human exposure,  it’s worth taking a look at how we might respond Read More >

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Decoding Genes to find Breast Cancer

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Today, August 7, 2014, researchers at the University Medical Center Utrecht announced that they have identified a gene that puts women at higher risk for breast cancer. Through animal and patient database studies, researchers found that women with an anomaly on the MEN1 gene are three times more likely to develop breast cancer at a relatively young age. Their findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicine. MEN1 is the acronym for Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia type Read More >

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New study shows hepatitis C burden may ease in future

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Anew study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine projects that the prevalence of hepatitis C will shrink in the coming decades thanks to new medicines and increased screening regimens. Currently, approximately one in 100 people are infected with the virus, and researchers expect that number to drop to about one in 1,500 people by 2036 if patients have timely and affordable treatment. “We were pleasantly surprised that in the next 22 years we could Read More >

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NYT Columnist: Insurance Industry “Looking at the Costs of Sovaldi in the Wrong Way”

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Margot Sanger-Katz’s article on a new drug that treats hepatitis C notes that despite the attention the cost has received to date, those attacking the drug are “looking at the costs of Sovaldi in the wrong way.” Sanger-Katz acknowledges that these one-time treatments can be a ‘shock to the system,’ but notes the value far outweighs the expense since it cures the disease in the majority of patients, preventing further costly treatments and care. Sanger-Katz Read More >

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