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Medical Research

No Pharmaceutical Tycoon Should Get Rich Off the Disease That Killed My Daughter

Erica Barnes | Posted 09.28.2015 | Impact
Erica Barnes

I lost my two-year-old daughter to a rare and as yet incurable disease. So when I pictured a man like Mr. Shkreli someday holding the key to a terminally ill two-year-old's only hope of survival, I became literally sick.

Republican Candidates Embrace Science!

Matthew Chapman | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

"Good luck with that!" This is the most common response we get when we talk about, the non-profit founded to try and persuade the presidential candidates to attend a debate solely on science issues, including technology, the environment, and medicine.

Planned Parenthood, Fetal Tissue and the Meaning of Compassion

Steven Conn | Posted 08.17.2015 | Politics
Steven Conn

As this story has unfolded I have been thinking about the Reagans, Ron and Nancy. It was President Ronald Reagan who first turned an important scientific pursuit into a political issue (masquerading as a moral crusade).

FDA Approval Of Medical Devices Involves Shockingly Little Research

The Huffington Post | Joe Satran | Posted 08.18.2015 | Science

Are federal regulators playing fast and loose with the health of the tens of millions of Americans who rely on medical devices to see, walk and ...

Let's Remember Why Fetal Tissue Research Matters

Michele Goodwin | Posted 08.13.2015 | Politics
Michele Goodwin

Planned Parenthood has become the battered scapegoat, bullied by a Senate that historically and profoundly excludes women. Lost in the politicking over this issue is the bravery and courage of women who agreed to be donors. Without them, the vaccines and medicines on which all Americans rely might not exist.

Beyond Cigars, Salsa, Mojitos and Malecón: Finally, a Changing Cuba

Jim Laurie | Posted 09.10.2015 | Latino Voices
Jim Laurie

We cannot help but watch with admiration as Cubans, many of whom are part of an emerging, entrepreneurial and professional middle class, work their way forward, escaping want and scarcity, reinventing themselves, and building a new Cuba.

Better Health, By Design

Footnote | Posted 08.07.2015 | Science

The human element has always been as important to medicine as the scientific side. Design takes this human factor into account by analyzing how healthcare is provided and used and how the behavior of doctors, patients, and other actors promotes or impedes health.


Tiffany Kairos | Posted 07.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Tiffany Kairos

If you have epilepsy and if you're thinking about your independence, if it hurts that there are some things that you need a little help doing since becoming diagnosed, don't allow it to consume you not a second longer. It's okay to ask for help.

Efforts Initiated to Conduct First FDA Phase I Trial for ALS

April Rudin | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
April Rudin

Although designated an "orphan disease" because it affects less than 200,000 Americans, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) saw millions of benefactors stand tall last year to douse themselves with ice water in support of a cure. The numbers were staggering.

Gwendolyn Strong: In Memory, and Challenge

Don C. Reed | Posted 07.28.2015 | Science
Don C. Reed

My son Roman never cries. He is paralyzed, but he has the heart of a lion. So when he called tonight, just moments ago, sobbing uncontrollably, I could not recognize the voice.

3 Reasons Why You Are Overweight

Gina Keatley | Posted 07.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Gina Keatley

"Those fatties sure love their food" was a comment I overheard in a restaurant last week from a women sitting behind me as she glanced over to a table...

Mental Illness, Societal Oppression, and My Rebuttal to Bruce Levine

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
J Nelson Aviance

In a recent piece posted on, Bruce E. Levine made the bold statement that: For nearly two decades, Big Pharma commercials have falsely tol...

Virus Hunters Turn to Social Media -- and Chili Peppers

Llewellyn King | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Llewellyn King

Why were two of the world's most eminent scientific researchers sitting down to munch their way through a plate of chili peppers, flavored with Tabasco sauce, setting their mouths on fire?

A Presidential Debate on Science: Mental Illness and the Human Dimensions of Science

Matthew Chapman | Posted 07.07.2015 | Politics
Matthew Chapman

Some people think science is dry or boring and has nothing to do with their lives. Still more believe that science has become so complex that politicians are incapable of talking about it, that no one but scientists can discuss it. But science is now so integral to every aspect of our lives that it has to be talked about by those who wield power.

Is Sexism In Science Actually Paternalism?

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 06.17.2015 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Because of improvements in medical ethics over the past thirty years, we tend to think that this paternalistic attitude no longer or minimally exists. However paternalism in science is all too alive and healthy.

Study Finds Nonsocial Doctors Are Terribly Outdated

Andre Bourque | Posted 06.17.2015 | Business
Andre Bourque

People particularly care about social media when it comes to picking a doctor. If a cosmetic doctor has very limited information online, people overwhelmingly see that person as outdated, not with the times, and therefore, undesirable.

Patients Are My Co-Pilot

Margaret Anderson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Science
Margaret Anderson

No longer just passengers, patients are now co-pilots helping to navigate the future of medical progress. But until recently, the pace of progress has been slow. In some diseases, we still utter the words "we haven't seen a new treatment in decades" with a straight face. Decades. Are we seriously accepting this?

Two Research Grants Approved to Help Late Onset Tay Sachs

Alexis Buryk | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Alexis Buryk

Working with National Tay Sachs and Allied Diseases (NTSAD), we have approved two research grants from the Katie & Allie Research Fund: 1. Late...

Abortion and Prematurity: A False Alarm

David A. Grimes | Posted 06.10.2015 | Women
David A. Grimes

No major medical or public health organization has concluded that abortion increases a woman's risk of preterm birth. However, impassioned (but naive) abortion opponents insist that abortion is causally related to prematurity.

Medical Research Becomes a Bipartisan Issue

Laurie H. Glimcher, MD | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Laurie H. Glimcher, MD

Perhaps one thing that people of all political stripes can agree on is the importance of health. When disease strikes us or our loved ones, our whole world changes.

Medical Researcher Allen D. Allen Is Waiting...

Gordy Grundy | Posted 05.29.2015 | Science
Gordy Grundy

Much of our lives are spent waiting. We wait for our hopes, plans and actions to develop, progress and mature. Allen D. Allen is a retired medical res...

Children With Special Needs Deserve America's Support

Ray Flynn | Posted 05.07.2015 | Fifty
Ray Flynn

Children and adults with special needs deserve America's best effort. As I said recently on national radio, America can do much better than it's doing in the health care field.

'Putting Your Bottom at the Top of Your List' -- The Pap Smear That's Not Just for Women

Erin N. Marcus, M.D. | Posted 06.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin N. Marcus, M.D.

Depending on the study's results, it's possible that anal health will become a routine conversation topic between doctors and patients -- and labs won't think twice when they receive a pap smear specimen from a man.

Medical Research Suggests You Might Be Able to Think Your Way Back to Strength

Tyler Tervooren | Posted 06.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Tyler Tervooren

Years ago -- freshman year of college, to be exact -- I had shoulder surgery. The recovery process was long, tedious and, at times, painful. After nea...

Why Dr. Oz Is So Popular

Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C. | Posted 06.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Georgianna Donadio, MSc, Ph.D., D.C.

In early 2015, the National Health Policy Conference was held in Washington D.C., Dr. Stephen Berkshire, member of the American College of Health Ca...