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World Pneumonia Day: November 12

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November 12 marks World Pneumonia Day, a campaign to educate the public about this disease and to advocate for global action to treat and prevent it. Pneumonia is the leading cause of death globally for children under the age of 5, claiming the lives of more than 1.5 million children annually. Pneumonia is also largely a vaccine-preventable disease. Since the introduction of pneumococcal vaccines in the U.S. in 2000, morbidity and mortality from pneumonia have Read More >

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BIO Investor Forum Company Snapshot: Immune Design

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In the third installment of the Investor Forum Company Snapshots, hear from Immune Design Corp. The CEO of the company, Dr. Carlos Paya, will be presenting next week at the 10th Annual BIO Investor Forum on Tuesday afternoon. Company Snapshot What are the short-term and long-term priorities for your company? Short term: focus on validating in patients a product from each of our two novel technologies.  We will be conducting testing of : 1) An Read More >

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“Contagion” Portrays Our Vulnerability to a Global Pandemic

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Earlier this month, the movie Contagion opened in theaters. With a star-studded cast including Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, and Gwyneth Paltrow, this action-thriller about the spread of a deadly virus is sure to attract a large audience. While Hollywood has been known to alter or exaggerate the facts to enhance the storyline, it is reported that Steven Soderbergh and his team aimed to realistically portray a pandemic. As Matt Damon stated in an IMDb interview, Read More >

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CDC Hosts Briefing on Adolescent Vaccination Coverage

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On August 25th the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hosted a briefing on adolescent vaccination coverage. The briefing featured comments by Dr. Melinda Wharton, Deputy Director at the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) at the CDC. While immunization rates for tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine and meningococcal vaccine saw double digit increases, Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination rates increased just slightly. In her remarks, Dr. Wharton emphasized the CDC’s disappointment in the poor adoption of the HPV vaccine. The Read More >

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Institute of Medicine Releases Report on Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality

On August 25th the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a consensus report titled “Adverse Effects of Vaccines: Evidence and Causality”. The independent panel researched adverse effects associated with eight common childhood vaccines. The panel found there are no links between vaccines and autism or Type 1 diabetes and rarely connections to other adverse events. The IOM makes the following conclusions from the report: “The committee finds that evidence convincingly supports a causal relationship between some vaccines Read More >

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