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New NPC Report on Comparative Effectiveness Research

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Advances in medical research create the potential for better health outcomes, improved treatment and even prevention of once-fatal diseases and, with these improvements, a more cost-effective healthcare system.  How we use research is the key to achieving a healthier society. That’s what makes the new publication by the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC), “2014 Comparative Effectiveness Research and the Environment for Health Care Decision-Making” so valuable.  This is the fourth year that NPC has conducted a Read More >

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Alzheimer’s Association offers Research Grant Program

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The Alzheimer’s Association offers the Part the Cloud Translational Research Grant Program, which aims to fill the gap in Alzheimer’s disease drug development. The program supports early phase studies of potential Alzheimer’s therapeutics or validation of biological markers of disease progression and moves us closer to potential therapies to stop or slow the progression of Alzheimer’s. More information is available at alz.org/grants. There is no greater health care need than slowing or preventing Alzheimer’s disease. Read More >

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Making the Case for Personalized Medicine

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As lawmakers, industry, consumer groups and the general public debate the future of health care, personalized medicine continues to focus attention-with good reason. In a time of unprecedented scientific breakthroughs and technological advancements, personalized health care has the capacity to detect the onset of disease at its earliest stages, preempt the progression of disease, and, at the same time, increase the efficiency of the health care system by improving quality, accessibility, and affordability. With that Read More >

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Thinking About Printing in the 4th Dimension

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Three-dimensional (3D) printing is used to manufacture everything from guns to guitars—and even underwear. The next big thing could be 4D printing. This adds time to the mix by using smart materials that transform themselves into finished articles under different conditions. Some of the most powerful early applications of 4D may be in biotechnology and medicine. “Stents, compression structures and drug delivery mechanisms could be printed and programmed to transform themselves directly in situ,” explains Read More >

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Remembering Ciro de Quadros, Vaccines Champion

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Dr. Ciro de Quadros, a global health leader and champion of immunization, passed away on Wednesday in Washington. He was 74. Dr. de Quadros is most well-known for leading a vaccination campaign that eradicated polio in Latin America. As the director of the Pan American Health Organization in 1985, he began sending teams of health care workers to remote and often war-torn areas of 15 countries in the region to administer vaccines to children. In Read More >

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