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Got psoriasis? Get healthier with the National Psoriasis Foundation

National Psoriasis Foundation

This August, the National Psoriasis Foundation encourages people with psoriatic disease and those who love them to get healthier with our Psoriasis Awareness Month Wellness Challenge. If you have psoriasis, you’re already aware of its effects. You already know that psoriasis is not just a skin condition, but that’s it’s a systemic autoimmune disease that puts people at increased risk for heart disease, heart attack, obesity and depression, among other health risks. The good news Read More >

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Why Ranchers Have More Clout Than Dr. Oz

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Media articles about the debate around biotech crops and GMO food labeling are a dime a dozen these days. But one in particular caught my eye this week. Posted on the BEEF Daily blog, Amanda Radke describes her sister Kaley’s experience in talking about GMOs as part of her work with 4-H. Amanda also references new findings from the Center for Food Integrity about credibility in the public arena. I remember hearing Amanda speak a Read More >

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Orange You Glad We Have Biotech?

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Down in the “Sunshine State,” Florida- grown citrus fruits are under attack—and biotechnology is their knight in shining armor. Citrus greening disease, discovered in 2005, is the most devastating citrus disease. By 2008, it had spread to all of the counties in Florida where citrus was grown. The disease is caused by the bacteria huanglongbing (HLB). It clogs the plant’s nutrient transport system, the phloem, so it cannot transport or absorb nutrients which are needed Read More >

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Want a Bird Flu-Free World?

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“So far, the USDA has spent $500 million helping farmers recover from the losses.” ~ Tamar Haspel re Avian Influenza. Since December 2014, there have been 73 counties in the U.S. and two Canadian provinces with confirmed cased of the bird flu (APHIS, 2015; and Canadian Food Inspection Agency, 2015). “The total number of U.S. birds affected stands at 45 million, and includes 37.5 million chickens and 7.4 million turkeys; economically the bird flu impacts as many Read More >

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Rx Response Changes Name to Healthcare Ready

Healthcare Ready

Yesterday, Rx Response announced that its name will be changing to Healthcare Ready. For nearly nine years, Rx Response has helped protect patients’ continued access to medicines in more than 55 different disasters. The rationale for the name change is to better reflect its shifting mission of providing assistance in areas of healthcare outside of medicines and pharmacy. The group has gained significant experience and expertise in ‘coordinating the healthcare system and the public sector during disasters, Read More >

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