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[Blog Post] Kidney Disease and Colorectal Cancer: To Prevent Health Disparities, Early Detection Is Key

March is National Kidney Month and National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. On the surface, these two designations appear to have little in common. In fact, however, like many conditions, kidney disease and colorectal cancer disproportionately affect members of minority populations. With both conditions, early detection is key. For colorectal cancer, early detection saves lives. Yet [...]

2019-03-18T20:33:40-04:00March 18, 2019|General|

[Blog Post] Compassion and Safety Drive FDA Expanded Access Program

Today’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded access pathway has its roots in a 1970s decision to make investigational new drugs (INDs) available to some cancer patients who did not qualify for clinical trials. Although no official policy was enacted, FDA allowed the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to distribute “Group C” drugs to oncologists to [...]

2019-03-04T12:43:44-04:00March 4, 2019|General|

[Blog Post] Raising Awareness of Rare Diseases

What if your child had a rare disease that threatened to significantly shorten his or her life? That's the reality for nearly 15 million U.S. children and their families. Worldwide, more than 300 million people, including 25 million to 30 million Americans, have been diagnosed with a rare disease—a condition defined as affecting fewer than [...]

2019-02-28T09:07:46-04:00February 28, 2019|General|

[Blog Post] Disparities in Heart Health

The nation’s No. 1 killer is even more deadly for African-Americans February has been designated American Heart Month to help raise awareness that heart disease is the nation’s No. 1 killer. February also is Black History Month, perhaps the ideal time to call attention to the fact that heart disease can be especially deadly for [...]

2019-02-19T09:05:24-04:00February 19, 2019|General|

[Blog Post] A Blessing and a Curse: Our Story About Cancer Treatment and Survivorship

My husband and I will never forget the day we were told that our 15-year-old son, Steven, had stage IV osteosarcoma (bone cancer). It was every parent’s nightmare—and the start of an emotional rollercoaster ride. Our response to the diagnosis was typical. We were numb and filled with fear. Ten months later, after rigorous chemotherapy, [...]

2019-03-04T12:24:48-04:00February 5, 2019|General|

[Blog Post] Risk of Glaucoma Varies with Race, Ethnicity

Each year at this time, the U.S. marks National Glaucoma Awareness Month to get Americans to focus on the disease that’s the leading cause of irreversible blindness. More than 3 million Americans have glaucoma, and many of those affected don’t even know it. That’s because you can lose up to 40 percent of your sight [...]

2019-01-22T08:59:12-04:00January 22, 2019|General|

[Blog Post] Diversity in Clinical Trials: Preparing Physicians to Make a Difference

The U.S. has become increasingly diverse, yet that diversity is not reflected in the clinical trials that play a key role in which new medicines are approved and, ultimately, prescribed to the general public. Because of this underrepresentation, much of what we know about new medicines—including their effectiveness and potential side effects—might not apply to [...]

2019-01-22T09:48:31-04:00January 8, 2019|General|

[Blog Post] The Short-Term Impact of Right-to-Try: Confusion and Raised Expectations

Earlier this year, to much fanfare, President Trump signed the “right-to-try” legislation enacted by Congress with the purported goal of helping terminally ill patients who want to try experimental drugs. The issue has captivated the American public, and the right-to-try law has been hailed as a legislative success. But how does that square with reality? [...]

2018-12-07T13:16:00-04:00December 4, 2018|General|

[Blog Post] Doing Our Part to Advance Health Equity

Everyone deserves a fair opportunity to live a healthy life. That’s our goal—health equity for all. Yet many Americans are more likely to suffer from diseases or medical conditions because of race, ethnicity, age, gender, or social or economic factors. These disparities take a significant toll throughout the lives of those affected. We see the [...]

2018-12-07T13:16:47-04:00November 9, 2018|General|
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