Category Archives: Health

Parent-reported cases of disability in children rise

USA Today | August 18, 2014

By Michelle Healy

Children living in the highest-income households (incomes greater than 400% above the federal poverty level) experienced the largest increase (28%)

Pfizer To Buy Baxter’s Vaccines For $635 Million

benzinga | August 5, 2014

By Craig Adeyanju

On July 30, Pfizer (NYSE: PFE) announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Baxter International’s (NYSE: BAX) portfolio of marketed vaccines in a deal that is reportedly worth $635 million.

The portfolio of vaccines consists of NeisVac-C and FSME-IMMUN/TicoVac.

US GMO Companies Are Doubling Down On Efforts To Stop Labeling Their Products

Reuters | July 29, 2014

Carey Gillam

One year after the launch of a social media effort to allay consumers’ concerns about the safety of foods made from genetically modified crops, U.S. companies that develop GMOs have further committed to a multimillion-dollar campaign to defeat attempts to add GMO labels to such foods.

Genetically Engineering Almost Anything

NOVA Next | July 17, 2014

By Tim De Chantand Eleanor Nelsen

When it comes to genetic engineering, we’re amateurs. Sure, we’ve known about DNA’s structure for more than 60 years, we first sequenced every A, T, C, and G in our bodies more than a decade ago, and we’re becoming increasingly adept at modifying the genes of a growing number of organisms.

Next Synthetic Biology Creation: Lab-Brewed Milk

Washington Post | July 21, 2014

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Biohackers Ryan Pandya and Perumal Gandhi are crafting a plant-based concoction that’s nearly identical in taste and nutritional makeup to cow’s milk.

U.S. courts deliver conflicting rulings on Obama health care law

Reuters | July 22, 2014

By David Morgan and Aruna Viswanatha

Two federal judicial panels on Tuesday delivered conflicting rulings on how the government subsidizes premiums through President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, creating more uncertainty over signature legislation that has been dogged by challenges from Republicans and other conservatives.

Horizontal Transfer of Genetically Modified DNA Widespread

Institute of Science in Society | June 9, 2014

The first genetically modified (GM) crop was commercially approved and released into the environment 20 years ago. From the beginning, some of us have been warning repeatedly of hidden dangers from the unintended horizontal transfer of GM DNA (transgenes). A comprehensive review [1]  Gene Technology and Gene Ecology of Infectious Diseases, ISIS scientific publication) and successive updates were submitted to the World Health Organization (WHO) and regulatory agencies in the US, UK and European Union (see [2] Ban GMOs Now, ISIS Report); all to no avail.