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Children Battling Cancer Can’t Always Express Their Feelings. Now a Robotic Duck Is Doing It for Them.

By Peter Holley
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It was hard enough that Savi Abdallah-Sinha was only a 2-year-old when he began undergoing chemotherapy treatment to rid his body of leukemia.

What made his situation even more difficult, his parents say, was knowing that the little boy was so young he lacked the words to communicate the many varieties of acute pain he was experiencing. Each time a new drug was introduced or a round of treatment completed, the boy’s inner world remained largely mysterious to the adults caring for him.

More Than a Mascot: Aflac Duck Robot Comforts Kid Cancer Patients—and Sets an Example for Pharma

By Beth Snyder Bulik
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CANNES, FRANCE—From advertising icon to pediatric cancer pal, the Aflac duck has transformed from a TV commercial attention-getter to a trusted friend for children with cancer. The plush Alfac duck robot, with naturalistic movements, comes to life with quacks and nuzzles, but it also helps kids communicate.

CVS Health Announces Aggressive New Plans to Combat the Significant Rise in E-Cigarette Use Among Youth

New funding signals strategy shift in year four of Be The First initiative
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Given the significant increase in the number of teens using e-cigarettes, CVS Health today announced that it and its charitable foundations will award a total of more than $10 million in 2019 to support youth smoking and e-cigarette prevention strategies and education delivered in classrooms, by clinicians and in communities across the United States.

Uncovering Sickle Cell Disease

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Every day, people endure the painful and life-threatening symptoms of sickle cell disease in the shadows because of fear, stigma,and isolation.1,2,3

“My Life's Mission Is Finding a Way to Prevent HIV”: Meet the Lead Scientist on a Promising Female-Focused Vaccine Trial

By Darren Frei
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A study of women, by women. We're talking about the Imbokodo trial, which is evaluating an investigational HIV vaccine in sub-Saharan Africa. As the study hits a key milestone, we sat down with South African physician and scientist Glenda Gray, who's at the helm of the groundbreaking trial.

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A study of women, by women. We're talking about the Imbokodo trial, which is evaluating an investigational HIV vaccine in sub-Saharan Africa. As the study hits a key milestone, we sat down with South African physician and scientist Glenda Gray, who's at the helm of the groundbreaking trial.

Battling the Baby Blues: Meet 3 Researchers Whose Innovative Work Is All About Boosting the Mental Health of Moms

By Abigail Libers
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A staggering 1 in 7 women suffer from perinatal mood disorders, which can begin as early as pregnancy. We take a look at how these scientists are working to find ways to help halt depression in moms at the most critical juncture: before it starts.

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A staggering 1 in 7 women suffer from perinatal mood disorders, which can begin as early as pregnancy. We take a look at how these scientists are working to find ways to help halt depression in moms at the most critical juncture: before it starts.

My Special Aflac Duck® Makes Landing at CHOC Children's Hospital, Patients Receive Robotic Duck Designed to Help Them Cope with Cancer

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ORANGE, Calif., June 12, 2019 /3BL Media/ - Aflac, the leader in supplemental insurance sales at U.S. worksites, delivered My Special Aflac Ducks to patients at CHOC Children's Hospital. My Special Aflac Duck, designed by Sproutel, is a social robot that uses medical play, lifelike movement, and emotions to engage and help comfort kids during cancer treatment.

Viacom Employees Raise Approximately $20,000 for AIDS Walk New York

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On May 19th, Viacom talent and employees participated in the annual AIDS Walk New York. AIDS Walk NYC is the largest single-day AIDS fundraising event in the world. Viacom has been a long-standing champion in the fight against HIV/AIDS through its programming, cause marketing initiatives, and support of events like these. This year, more than 50 Viacom employees signed up for the Walk and approximately $20,000 has been raised.

VIDEO: June is #SubaruLovestoCare Month

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This June, Subaru, our retailers, and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society are working together through the Subaru Loves to Care initiative to spread hope, love, and warmth to those fighting cancer through gestures of caring.

Learn more about the Subaru Loves to Care initiative here.

World AIDS Day 2018: Together We Are Stronger

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World AIDS Day takes place on December 1 each year. The day was first recognized in 1988 to raise awareness of the AIDS pandemic, show support for people living with HIV and remember those who died of AIDS-related causes.

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