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The New York Times Dispels Fairytale Rumors Around the Zika Virus

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“Although there is no absolute proof that the Zika virus is behind the surge in microcephaly in Brazil and outbreaks of Guillain-Barré syndrome in six countries, the world’s leading health authorities are close to certain that it is,” The New York Times writes. Unfortunately, many rumors blaming other potential causes for the spread of this virus has arisen. In a recent piece, The New York Times takes a look at the most prominent theories making the rounds Read More >

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Why Science Denialism Is Costing Us A Fortune

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GMO Answers Forbes blog has recently published a piece by Dr. Robb Fraley, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Monsanto. In “Why Science Denialism Is Costing Us A Fortune,” Dr. Fraley opens by arguing that climate change, vaccines and GMOs are popular targets of the war on science. In his piece, Dr. Fraley focuses on the financial costs of scientific denialism in the areas of vaccinations, climate change and genetically modified crops: In case Read More >

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Back to School: Are You and Your Loved Ones Up-To-Date on Vaccinations?

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The back to school hustle slowly creeps up in August; but before you buy your kid pencils, notebooks and the backpack they “must have,” make sure that they—and you—are up to date with vaccinations and immunizations! The Center for Disease Control has dedicated this month to raise awareness of the benefits of immunization to prevent the spread of disease. National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) encourages people to communicate the importance of protecting and defending lifelong Read More >

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CDC Report: C. diff Infections Associated with 29,000 Deaths per Year in US; Vaccines Could Provide Solution

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Last month, the CDC released a new study on the impact of microbial super bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff) with some very disturbing findings. The study found that 29,000 deaths in the U.S. were associated with the bug in 2011, and nearly half a million Americans suffered infections. About half of those deaths, or 15,000, were estimated to be directly attributable to the infection. Elderly patients are most vulnerable to C. diff infections, with over Read More >

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Getting Ahead of Ebola and Other Infectious Threats—Overturning Assumptions

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Ebola was one of the biggest stories of 2014 (with Ebola fighters named the TIME Person of the Year), and the epidemic has led to renewed interest from governments and philanthropies to tackle the problem of emerging infectious diseases. To discuss the lessons learned and new approaches being taken in light of the Ebola crisis, BIO hosted a panel today at the 17th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference here in New York, moderated by Read More >

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