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Some People Get it, and Some Just Don’t

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As a communications director in the agriculture industry, I have spent two decades using fact-based talking points while industry opponents can say whatever will make a headline. It’s frustrating, but we labor on because we believe that what we do somehow helps farmers. And if we can help farmers, we can help keep America’s food supply safe, affordable and the envy of the world. Holly Spangler, an ag communicator and Illinois farmer, clearly understands this Read More >

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Patent Reform Legislation Off The Table For Now

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If the mainstream media is to be believed, the patent system is broken.  This notion is frequently blamed on the perceived increase in so-called patent assertion entities (“PAEs”), referred to derogatorily as “patent trolls.”  More often than not, these media reports cite to a limited number of examples illustrating the perceived abuses, and reach the conclusion that patents are stifling innovation.  And, even though there has been serious disagreement about the extent of the problem, Read More >

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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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A Look Back at GMO Answers’ Top 10 Consumer Questions

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GMO Answers conducted a national survey to identify, for the first time, the top questions consumers have about GMOs. We’ve compiled the top 10 questions and reached out to scientists, farmers, doctors and other experts to provide answers. You can also find these answers on our Top 10 GMO Questions Pinboard and our GMO Answers website. Here’s a quick recap of each week: Week #10 – If livestock eat genetically modified grain, will there be GMOs in my meat? In brief: In 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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