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The New Jersey Life Sciences Vendors Alliance (NJLSVA) is a coalition of businesses, individuals and academia who provide goods and services to New Jersey’s life sciences companies.

The NJLSVA was founded to educate suppliers on trends in industry procurement and public policy that affects the life sciences industry.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

CDC Releases 40th Annual Report on Health of the U.S.; Features Long-Term Trends in Health and Health Care Delivery

Atlanta, GA, July 12, 2017 — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on June 28 released Health, United States, 2016, the 40th annual report on the health of the nation from the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the President and Congress.

This year’s report features a Chartbook on Long-Term Trends in health and health care delivery over the past 40 years.

From declines in cigarette smoking and increases in prescription drug use to changes in expenditures for hospitals and home health care, the annual report also explores population changes that have affected patterns of disease, as well as health care access and utilization since 1975.  Continue reading

Trump Administration Appoints Georgia Health Official Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald as CDC Director

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald

Washington, DC, July 10, 2017 — The Trump administration on Friday named Georgia Public Health Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald as the next director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Fitzgerald, 70, an obstetrician-gynecologist who has headed that state’s public health department since 2011, will succeed Tom Frieden, who stepped down in January after serving for eight years, longer than any director since the 1970s.

Anne Schuchat, a veteran CDC official, has been serving as acting director. Continue reading

Trump Administration’s Hiring Freeze Means Nearly 700 Vacancies at CDC

Washington, DC, May 22, 2017 — Lena H. Sun reports in The Washington Post that nearly 700 positions are vacant at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) because of a continuing freeze on hiring that officials and researchers say affects programs supporting local and state public health emergency readiness, infectious disease control and chronic disease prevention.

The same restriction remains in place throughout the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) despite the lifting of a government-wide hiring freeze last month. Continue reading

Congress Boosts Research Funding in Cancer, Alzheimer’s, Precision Medicine, BRAIN Initiative and ‘Superbugs’

Washington, DC, May 2, 2017 — Ariana Eunjung Cha reports in The Washington Post that Congress unveiled a bipartisan budget late Sunday that contains a number of welcome surprises for researchers who had been panicking since March, when President Trump proposed deep funding cuts for science and health.

Under the deal, the National Institutes of Health will get a $2 billion boost in fiscal year 2017, as it did the previous year.

Trump had proposed cutting the NIH budget by about one-fifth, or $6 billion, in a draft 2018 budget.

Here are some of the big research winners: Continue reading

‘Superbug’ Fungus Emerges as New Menace in US Hospitals, Mostly NY and NJ

New York, NY, April 27, 2017 — The Associated Press reports that a “superbug” fungus is emerging as a new menace in U.S. hospitals, mostly in New York and New Jersey.

First identified in Japan in 2009, the fungus has spread to more than a dozen countries around the globe.  The oldest of the 66 cases reported in the U.S. dates back to 2013, but most were reported in the last year.

The fungus called Candida auris is a harmful form of yeast. Continue reading

CDC: Number of Potentially Preventable Deaths Declined from 2010 to 2014 for Three of Five Leading Causes of Death

CDC LogoAtlanta, GA, December 1, 2016 — The number of potentially preventable deaths — premature deaths that could have been avoided — declined from 2010 to 2014 for three of the five leading causes of death in the Unites States, CDC researchers estimate.

In 2014, the five leading causes of death for people under age 80 were diseases of the heart, cancers, stroke, chronic lower respiratory diseases (CLRD), such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema), and unintentional injuries (accidents).

These causes accounted for 63 percent of deaths from all causes in that year. Continue reading

CDC: Cancers Linked to Tobacco Use Make Up 40% of All Cancers Diagnosed in the U.S.

smoking-stopAtlanta, GA, November 16, 2016 — Forty percent of cancers diagnosed in the U.S. may have a link to tobacco use, according to this month’s Vital Signs Report. Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of cancer and cancer deaths.

It causes more than lung cancer — based on current evidence, it can cause cancers of the mouth and throat, voice box, esophagus, stomach, kidney, pancreas, liver, bladder, cervix, colon and rectum, and a type of leukemia (acute myeloid leukemia).

Each year between 2009 and 2013, about 660,000 people in the U.S. were diagnosed with, and about 343,000 people died from, a cancer related to tobacco use, according to a new report by CDC. Continue reading

First Cases of Candida Auris Reported in U.S.; Drug-Resistant Fungal Infection Can Spread in Healthcare Settings

CDC LogoAtlanta, GA, November 6, 2016 — Thirteen cases of Candida auris (C. auris), a serious and sometimes fatal fungal infection that is emerging globally, have been identified in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Seven of the cases occurred between May 2013 and August 2016 and are described today in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).  The other six cases were identified after the period covered by the report and are still under investigation.

The report is the first to describe U.S. cases of C. auris infection. C. auris is often resistant to antifungal drugs and tends to occur in hospitalized patients. Continue reading

CDC Reports 16.4 Million People Have Gained Health Coverage Since 2013

Obamacare 3Washington, DC, November 4, 2016 — Peter Sullivan reports in The Hill that new data show that 16.4 million people have gained health insurance since Obamacare’s main coverage provisions went into effect in 2013.

The survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that the uninsured rate is near a record low, at 8.9 percent, just slightly higher than the 8.6 percent record in the first quarter of this year.

In 2013, it was 14.4 percent. Continue reading

New CDC Study Shows Changes in Breast Cancer Death Rates by Age Group

CDC LogoAtlanta, GA, October 26, 2016 — Breast cancer death rates among women decreased during 2010-2014, but racial differences persisted, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The findings show changes for death rates from breast cancer by age group for black and white women, the groups with the highest death rates in the United States.

“Our latest data suggest some improvement for black women when it comes to disparities,” said Lisa Richardson, MD, Director of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control. Continue reading