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New Treatments Needed for Obesity

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ObesityWeek 2014, Nov. 2-7, in Boston Offers Opportunities to Learn & Connect Coauthored by The Obesity Society Public Affairs Chair & Co-Chair Adam Tsai, MD, Internal Medicine & Weight Management Physician, Kaiser Permanente Colorado Amanda Staiano, PhD, Assistant Professor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center Obesity is one of the most pervasive, chronic diseases in need of new strategies for medical treatment and prevention. As a leading cause of mortality, morbidity, disability, healthcare utilization and healthcare costs, Read More >

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Patient and Venture Philanthropy Groups Presenting at 2014 BIO Investor Forum

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BIO’s alliance development team works to foster collaboration between the biotech industry and nonprofit disease foundations. In recent years, many nonprofit foundations have become more engaged in the drug development process – whether they have created clinical trial recruitment tools, established a disease registry, or funded emerging biotech companies. Recognizing the value of these initiatives to expedite research and drug development, BIO provides opportunities for venture philanthropies and patient organizations to connect with BIO members Read More >

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The Hill: In War on Cancer, Patients at Risk of Becoming Commoditized

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Ted Okon, executive director of the Community Oncology Alliance, highlights the significant progress the medical community has made in the war on cancer but stresses the importance of access to care to improve and lengthen patients’ lives. “More Americans with cancer face longer life expectancies as a result of increased awareness among at-risk populations, better preventative care, early screenings, and new therapies,” writes Okon. “However, despite significant progress in the war on cancer, unnecessary access Read More >

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Mito What???

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Mitochondrial Disease: The Most Common Disease You’ve Probably Never Heard of… About 20 years ago, mitochondrial disease was virtually unheard of.  Just 10 years ago, it was considered rare. Today, according to NORD, a disease is considered rare when less than 200,000 people are affected.  Mitochondrial disease is not a single disease, but rather an entire umbrella of rare diseases.  For example, Alpers disease and Barth syndrome are very different and rare forms of mitochondrial Read More >

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Playing Detective With Checkpoint Therapies

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Three words are on the lips of everyone following new developments in cancer therapies: checkpoint inhibitor drugs. Simply put, investigators believe they have figured out a way to dismantle the mechanism used by cancer cells to stay hidden from T-cells, a type of specialized immune cell. CTLA-4 is a protein on the surface of T-cells that acts as an “off” switch for the sleuthing T-cells. It signals them to remain in a resting state, kind of like Read More >

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