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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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NCATS SBIR Announces Funding For Biotechs and Small Business Technology Development

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The NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) is seeking qualified applicants for its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. NCATS, which offers $17.6 million annually through these programs, has issued a call for applications for two funding opportunities: Contract funding to support small businesses and venture-backed technology development, due Nov. 5, 2014. Investigator-initiated grant funding,due Dec. 5, 2014. NCATS’ SBIR and STTR programs are engines of innovation Read More >

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What to Watch: Vaccines – Calling the Shots

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Recently, PBS’s NOVA had an episode on the reemergence of diseases (including measles, whooping cough, and mumps) that had previously been largely eradicated in the US by vaccines, in part because nervous parents are skipping their children’s shots. At least ten percent of parents delay or skip some recommended vaccines, and one percent don’t vaccinate at all. What’s driving people away, and what are the consequences? Those are the questions explored in Vaccines — Calling Read More >

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