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5 Priorities for Reducing Infant Mortality

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In the U.S., the number of babies who die in their first year of life is declining, with an all-time low 6.4 infant mortality rate (6.4 deaths for every 1,000 live births) reported in 2009, according to the most recent available data. Yet there are persistent disparities that affect racial and ethnic minorities and geographic areas and to address these disparities, Secretary Sebelius recently announced the first-ever national strategy to address infant mortality. The Maternal Read More >

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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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