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February 29th is Rare Disease Day: 4 Reasons You Should Care

Erica Barnes | Posted 02.26.2016 | Impact
Erica Barnes

A rare disease is defined by the National Institute of Health (NIH) as any disease that affects less than 200,000 people at a given time.

Bedtime Stories With A Rare Disease Mom

Melissa Hogan, JD | Posted 02.29.2016 | Parents
Melissa Hogan, JD

I couldn't read, "I love you, right up to the moon and back," without thinking that the moon would always be there, but my child would not.

Top 10 Medical Research Issues and Trends to Watch in 2016

Margaret Anderson | Posted 01.07.2016 | Science
Margaret Anderson

Advances in scientific discovery are converging with unparalleled policy and regulatory action for medical research. At FasterCures, we have surveyed the landscape and interviewed subject matter experts to come up with our recommendations of the top 10 issues to keep an eye on in 2016.

Pancreatic Cancer: Hope on the Horizon?

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 07.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Deborah J. Cornwall

According to articles in a variety of scientific journals, numerous substances extracted from marine life (including fungi, sponges, algae, mollusks, "sea squirts," coral, and seaweed) have potential to fight other kinds of challenging cancers.

Enter the Dragons: Imagine Dragons and Childhood Cancer

Jonathan Agin | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

To combat the entire problem of childhood cancer, from the development of less-toxic and more effective treatments, along with the economic burdens of the disease upon families, we truly must be a community united around the end game of helping children and families.

Top 10 Medical Research Issues and Trends to Watch in 2015

Margaret Anderson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Science
Margaret Anderson

Academic research institutions are undeniably under duress. While some of it may be due to overbuilding research infrastructure during the years of doubling the National Institutes of Health budget, they are now dealing with a new normal of having to do more with less.

Ebola: The Political Tool of Biological Agents

Jihad Al-Jabban | Posted 01.17.2015 | Politics
Jihad Al-Jabban

World War Z is coming! Or at least you would think so given the media sensationalism surrounding Ebola. But as time has shown us hysteria of Ebola is far more infectious than the virus itself.

In Defense Of Pamela Anderson

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 10.25.2014 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

How much closer would we be to a cure today if instead of wasting millions of dollars on failed animal experiments, the money had been used to create more effective human-based testing methods that accurately recreated the disease?

The Compassionate Use Conundrum

Jonathan Agin | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

The bad news is that in many instances, the drugs that show promise for these newly found targets are not available for that form of cancer treatment. And that brings us full circle.

Who Are the Animals in Animal Experiments?

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 03.14.2014 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

I have tried to draw attention to the general ineffectiveness of animal experiments and how they impede our chances of finding cures. I have focused on the human side of the equation. But just who are these animals abused in experimentation?

The Top 3 Ways Animal Experiments Hurt Humans

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

It is hard to quantify how many missed opportunities there may have been because of misleading animal experiments. However, there are plenty of examples that demonstrate how lucky we are that researchers did not believe the animal tests.

Want to Improve Medical Research? Cut Out the Animals!

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 09.10.2013 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Despite the fact that millions of animals are used in experiments each year, we have rarely actually scrutinized the data on animal experiments to determine how relevant they are for human diseases and for improving our lives.

The Economics of Cancer: Learning From India About Innovation

Matthew Kavanagh | Posted 06.05.2013 | Healthy Living
Matthew Kavanagh

But what if you want to incentivize investment in bold new drugs instead of me-too drugs? What if you want to encourage research into new areas that tangibly improve people's health? Then maybe, like India, you would only grant patents when that higher standard is met.

New Treatments, Your Health and Statistics

Marie Davidian | Posted 05.15.2013 | Science
Marie Davidian

Statisticians and statistics are even more fundamental in this era of personalized medicine, as sponsors seek to target treatment to patients most likely to benefit and develop "adaptive" study designs to identify these patients sooner.

Top 10 Medical Research Trends to Watch in 2013

Margaret Anderson | Posted 03.13.2013 | Science
Margaret Anderson

Advocates need to keep making noise to make a compelling case for the critical importance of medical research. The health of our citizens and the economic and fiscal health of the nation are at stake.

Shot Across the Bow

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Conservatives can't complain next time they see a rat hair sticking out of their hotdog. They can't lament when a loved one dies from drug contamination or when a child gets ill from bad meat. This is the natural consequence of their political philosophy.

Definition of Affordable

Richard Chin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Chin

We believe we can develop drugs much less expensively than big pharma. We don't have some of the constraints they do, and at iOWH, and we have had a lot of success in driving costs down.

Why You'll Need A Personal Brain Trainer

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

Substantial gains could be achieved by organizing everyday activities that grow neurological abilities and sustain brain health. If the ordinary citizen is to achieve brain fitness, they'll need to work at it.

Health Care Reform: There's an Elephant in the Room

Katie Hood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Katie Hood

The health care system is one of the most complex and least understood systems in this country, and one that the interest of lobbyists has driven its evolution.