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Organic and Non-GMO Candy… Trick or Treat??


Julie Kelly explains in the Chicago Tribune that organic candy might be a trend, but it might be more of a trick than a treat: Did you know that eating organic jelly beans is a way of life?  Me neither. But apparently it’s a thing. In a video posted recently on the Jelly Belly website, Linda Rowland Brasher, the company’s president and CEO, excitedly discusses its new organic jelly beans: “Organic isn’t just a trend Read More >

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Is Immunotherapy the 4th Pillar of Oncology?


In contrast to the three traditional pillars of cancer treatment (surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy), cancer immunotherapy is a relatively young field, yet it is considered a huge game-changer – as it is in the process of changing how we treat cancer. Immunotherapy is rapidly becoming part of the toolbox for treatment of various types of cancers, in some cases already establishing a new standard of care. Take the example of melanoma which will have about 76,000 Read More >

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Biotech Takes Aim at Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer

We’ve come a long way in our national fight to beat breast cancer.  Since the 1980s, the mortality rate has fallen by a third due to more effective medicines and an increased focus on prevention, according to the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and with proper treatment, the average 10-year survival rate for breast cancer is now 83 percent. But as Will Rogers famously observed, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you Read More >

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The Halloween Folklore Around Sugar from GM Sugarbeets

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Everyone loves sugar! According to the USDA, global sugar consumption for 2016/17 is forecast at a record 174 million metric tons. In 2015/16, it is predicted that approximately 10.9 million metric tons of sugar will be consumed in the United States alone. With Halloween right around the corner, sugar is certainly on everyone’s mind. According to the National Confectioners Association, the sales of candy are projected to be around $2.6 billion during the 2016 Halloween season. Read More >

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Health Affairs: Burden of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases


Just as flu season gears up, Health Affairs released a new study, “Modeling The Economic Burden Of Adult Vaccine-Preventable Diseases In The United States.” In this study, they explore the financial burden of diseases brought on by adults who avoid the 10 vaccines recommended by the CDC. One of those being the yearly flu shot that save thousands of lives every year. Yet, according to the CDC less than 50 percent of adults opted to Read More >

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