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Shining A Light on Lung Cancer

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Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the US, taking the lives of twice as many women as breast cancer and three times as many men as prostate cancer. While a history of smoking is the main risk factor for developing lung cancer, nearly 80% of those diagnosed today were never smokers or are former smokers who quit decades ago. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, a time of reflection for advocates Read More >

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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Story on Use of Surrogate Measures

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Earlier this week, John Fauber of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel wrote an article on measures used to determine whether new medicines for serious and life-threatening diseases should reach patients. Fauber seem(s) to suggest that the use of surrogate measures – such as tumor shrinkage – do not provide evidence of drug efficacy. The story fails to present a balanced view of the complex benefit-risk assessments that the FDA must carefully consider when reviewing applications for Read More >

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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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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: The Power of Partnerships

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This week, the BIO Patient & Health Advocacy Summit powered partnerships in the industry to advance drug discovery by bringing together patient advocacy organizations, government agencies and industry leaders to discuss how to accelerate R&D, preserve patient access, leverage data and build collaborations focused on empowering patients. The rallying cry that reverberated throughout the event and over Twitter seemed clear from the beginning and Paul Hastings, Chairman and CEO of OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc. captured it Read More >

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