The GSK IMPACT Awards recognize local nonprofit organizations in our hometowns of Greater Philadelphia, PA and the Triangle Region, NC that are working to improve health hand-in-hand with the community.

Pinch your nose and try breathing through a straw? Not so easy, right?

Whooping cough can be especially serious for infants—sometimes even fatal.

In the next five years, the US will add eight million jobs in STEM fields. Yet more than 20 percent of all students, and half of all minority students, drop out of school before graduation.

You may know about asthma, and that 26 million people in the US have it. But, how much do you know about severe asthma?

When it comes to patient care, information sharing is vital – between the patient and doctor, and among multiple members of the care team. But did you ever think that information sharing is equally important during the research process, long before a new medical therapy reaches patients?

Often, despite trying many different asthma management techniques – from medication to avoiding triggers – patients have told me they were still experiencing asthma symptoms on a regular basis.

Survey findings show more than two-thirds (67%) of adults with uncontrolled asthma in the US are living with the misperception that their condition is under control.

Saying “I have asthma” may not be as simple as you think. There are different types of asthma, including mild, moderate or severe asthma and each can make every day activities difficult in their own way.

Jack Bailey, President GSK US Pharmaceuticals, and North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and others announced the winners of our $1 million GSK IMPACT Grant.

On November 13, 2008, Jamie Schanbaum, then 20 years old and enjoying the life of a typical college student, was feeling ill. Her symptoms were similar to those of the common flu but within 14 hours she was admitted to a hospital, in Austin, TX.

Imagine if every breath you took was a struggle; imagine waking up in the night short of breath and wheezing.

In 2009 John Patrick Murphy, a 68 year old trial lawyer from Colorado, took a run-of-the-mill fall, which caused him a great deal of pain in his leg.

How do the stripes in toothpaste get into the tubes and how is it that they come out of it so uniformly?

Chickens. Where would we be without them? Well for one thing, we wouldn’t have nearly as many influenza vaccines as we need.

Claudette, 54, stops on the short walk between the bus stop and her nearby apartment. She needs to catch her breath. She is a grandmother of two, and suffers from COPD.

At first blush, importing medicines sounds great – a patient without insurance or facing a high deductible or co-pay may find the prices quite attractive. But importation carries major risks.

How does art tell the story of vaccines in a different way than other communications media?

There are surprising similarities between an artist beginning a new work and a researcher on a quest to develop a vaccine.

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