Hurricane Katrina showed us we can do better

Hurricane Katrina showed us we can do better

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit the US Gulf Coast, leaving more than 1,300 people dead, forcing one million people from their homes and leaving 372,000 children without schools. Nobody was prepared for such devastation. In fact, it took seven months to reunite the last family that was separated by the storm. It was a true wake-up call for disaster preparedness and disaster relief across the US. As a company, we realized there were things we could do to be better prepared.

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Policymakers Helping to Raise Awareness of Lupus Diagnosis and Management Challenges

Policymakers Helping to Raise Awareness of Lupus Diagnosis and Management Challenges

When it comes to lupus, greater awareness and understanding are sorely needed. We know this all too well from our Lupus Summit in May. In case you didn’t know, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE or lupus) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the immune system in which the body creates antibodies that attack its own tissue. Because it is often misdiagnosed, under-diagnosed, and misunderstood, lupus does not receive the level of attention it deserves from the general public and policymakers.  That’s why we were pleased to see U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson’s recent op-ed, “Lupus is not arthritis,”  noting that lupus research is underfunded relative to the disease’s impact.

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Do you want to be a scientist when you grow up?

Do you want to be a scientist when you grow up?

One of the highlights of my job as a Community Partnerships Representative is seeing kids learn about the fascinating world of science that exists all around them. When I hear kids say they want to become scientists, I know that our  GSK Science in the Summer™ program is making a difference in their lives.

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Healthy food is good medicine

Healthy food is good medicine

Here's a Wellness Wednesday challenge... Get outside and get to your local farmers’ market this Wednesday. Find something that smells delicious, something colorful that your eyes can’t resist, and your stomach will enjoy. Find a vegetable that you’ve never tried and then buy it and cook it. Even better, buy some veggies for a neighbor or an older person who can’t get to the market. They’ll appreciate the effort and be healthier for it too.

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Investing in innovative approaches to transform how drugs are developed

Investing in innovative approaches to transform how drugs are developed

Imagine dedicating years or even decades of your life to a project with the hope that it could change people’s lives, only to find out in the end that your concept doesn’t work... That’s what it’s like to work in pharmaceutical R&D. For every 10 investigational medicines that enter human trials, on average, only one will result in an approved medicine. 

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