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GMOs and Infant Formula: What Parents Need to Know

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As part of the debate around the Oregon ballot initiative to require the labeling of any foods containing genetically modified ingredients (called GMOs), an Oregon paper ran an unfortunate article that misleads readers about the safety of infant formula. A noted opponent of biotechnology, the Center for Food Safety (CFS) tested formulas and found that some brands contained soy that was grown using biotechnology. Noted scientific expert Kevin Folta on the Illumination Blog says the Read More >

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Enjoy Your Halloween Candy Without the Guilt

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More than 90 percent of the sugarbeets grown in this country are GMO. And genetically modified sugar beets make up half of the U.S. sugar production.  So if you’re eating foods containing sugar, chances are, those foods are GMO. But it is interesting to note that sugar made from GMO sugarbeets is indistinguishable from other sugar because the GMO protein in the beets is removed in processing. GMO sugar beets are genetically engineered to tolerant Read More >

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CQ HealthBeat: Ebola Crisis

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Last week, CQ HealthBeat published a ‘Did you know?’ infographic on Washington’s reaction to the Ebola crisis. Here are a few numbers you may not know: 5: The number of U.S. airports where passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea are being screened for Ebola 72: The number of people being monitored for the Ebola virus in Spain, after a nurse contracted the virus 4,000: The number of U.S. military troops to be deployed to Africa Read More >

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BIO Patient & Health Advocacy Summit: Youth Rally Transforms Patients’ Lives

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The recent BIO Patient & Health Advocacy Summit brought together industry and advocacy groups to share insights and perspectives on how to accelerate the development of cures and treatments and improve the lives of patients overall. Paul Hastings, Chairman and CEO of OncoMed Pharmaceuticals Inc. highlighted one such effort to help improve the lives of young people dealing with a range of bladder and bowel issues. Youth Rally Committee, Inc. provides young people with opportunities Read More >

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GMO Policy in La La Land

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Urban Dictionary says the term “La La Land” often refers to Los Angeles or a state of mind that is out of touch with reality and focusing on frivolous endeavors.  Regarding policies around genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the term refers to both. The Los Angeles City Council voted this week to ban the sale and growth of seeds and plants bearing genetically modified organisms within city limits. While the law would be largely symbolic because Read More >

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