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Webinar Today: Comparative Effectiveness Research

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As we continue to see new strides in biopharmaceutical innovation, there is increasing value in having more information on how specific treatments affect patients.  This is the intention behind comparative effectiveness research, which can play a critical role in health care decision-making. Later today, experts will be examining the relationship between comparative effectiveness research and the way health care decisions may be made in the future.  The National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC) will be hosting a Read More >

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My Path From the BioGENEius Challenge to the White House Science Fair

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My name is Natalie Ng, winner of the 2013 International BioGENEius Challenge, and I am excited and honored to be exhibiting at the 2015 White House Science Fair today. I can clearly remember the humble start of my extraordinary journey into scientific research. I was a first grader, attempting to build a geyser in my kitchen. Equipped with a one-liter bottle of club soda, clay, and an unstoppable willingness to try and try again, I Read More >

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Blue Ribbon Study Panel Examines Surveillance and Detection Issues in Biodefense

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The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense held the third of four meetings on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The goal of the Panel is to evaluate the United States’ level of preparedness for a natural or deliberate biological or chemical event and to develop actionable recommendations toward the aim of preparedness. The Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense will build off the work previously done by the 9/11 Commission and the Weapons of Mass Destruction Read More >

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Celebrating the Biomedical Achievements on World Down Syndrome Day

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Guest Post by Sara Hart Weir, MS, President, National Down Syndrome Society On March 21, we celebrate the 10th Annual World Down Syndrome Day.  It was established and eventually recognized by the United Nations as a means to raise awareness and mobilize support and recognition of the dignity, rights and well-being of people with Down syndrome across the world. Down syndrome is a condition in which a person is born with a third copy of chromosome 21, Read More >

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CDC Report: C. diff Infections Associated with 29,000 Deaths per Year in US; Vaccines Could Provide Solution

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Last month, the CDC released a new study on the impact of microbial super bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff) with some very disturbing findings. The study found that 29,000 deaths in the U.S. were associated with the bug in 2011, and nearly half a million Americans suffered infections. About half of those deaths, or 15,000, were estimated to be directly attributable to the infection. Elderly patients are most vulnerable to C. diff infections, with over Read More >

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