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Sam Stein

Top Docs Ramp Up Lobbying Campaign To End Sequestration

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On the eve of a potential budget deal that could, for the first time in several years, see an increase in the topline spending of the fe...

Family Guy, Brian Griffin and the Childhood Cancer Equation

Jonathan Agin | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

I admit it. I am a huge fan of the animated show Family Guy. The Griffin family has provided me with much distraction at some of the most stressful points of my daughter Alexis' cancer journey and beyond.

Don't Leave History in the Past

Dr. Ricardo Azziz | Posted 01.26.2014 | College
Dr. Ricardo Azziz

Higher education institutions, like Georgia Regents University, strive to provide our students with the best, most up-to-date learning environments possible, to ensure they graduate at the very apex of knowledge in their disciplines.

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.

What Now: It Still Takes Too Long and Costs Too Much

Margaret Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
Margaret Anderson

It's not difficult to build a case that the federal government shutdown was just one more straw on the camel's back for medical research and innovation in the United States.

Dare to Be 100: Best Medical Article -- Ever

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

Its significance derives from its insistence that the terms on the death certificates of our nation's forms are wrong. Heart, and stroke, and cancer aren't the actual causes of death. The actual causes are the antecedent behaviors, the lifestyles factors, which lead to the terminal events.

Women in Business: Q&A With Dr. Robin Smith, CEO of NeoStem

Laura Dunn | Posted 12.25.2013 | Business
Laura Dunn

Since joining NeoStem in 2005, Dr. Smith has helped raise about $140 million in capital and shape the company's focus through a number of acquisitions and divestitures, and by pushing its main cell therapy drugs through clinical trials.

Alzheimer's May Be Detected 5 Years Before Symptoms Start

Posted 10.17.2013 | Fifty

Doctors may be able to predict if you'll develop Alzheimer's even before the early symptoms start, giving you a fighting chance against the disease. R...

Two Major Breakthroughs in New Surgeon Rating Study

Leah Binder | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Leah Binder

For employers and policymakers frustrated by America's embarrassingly poor performance in nearly every known indicator of health care quality, this study offers two breakthrough glimmers of hope.

The National Health Debt

William T. Talman, MD | Posted 01.23.2014 | Science
William T. Talman, MD

Federal funding for research is drying up faster than a parched desert after a rain. Its continual deterioration provides a frightening view of our country's lost sense of priorities.

Navigating a World of Groundbreaking Studies

Leo Brown | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Leo Brown

As camps of scientists, all with fancy degrees, bicker over whether meat, dairy or carbs are bad for you as they jockey to release the latest groundbreaking research, the public is apt to zone out. Studies say chocolate is good for me? Now it's bad for me? Whatever.

Why Animal Experimentation Doesn't Work. Reason 3: Animals Aren't Little Humans

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

Your child, my father, and all of our loved ones who may be suffering from illnesses are not rats or dogs or monkeys. So why do animal experimenters keep treating them as though they are?

Release the Shame of Addiction

Elaine Pawlowski | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Elaine Pawlowski

Our society has viewed those with addiction and their families with shame and indifference. We continue to look away and become disgusted when substance abuse is not controlled or managed.

Autism: A Whole Body Disorder?

Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D. | Posted 11.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Arshya Vahabzadeh, M.D.

It does appear that there is growing evidence linking autism, an abnormally functioning immune system, and a variety of medical conditions. The exact associations, so far, elude our understanding.

Take It From Tony: Investing in NIH Research Saves Lives

Nancy Brown | Posted 11.16.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Research has long been a major priority of the American Heart Association. Our organization has invested upwards of $3.5 billion into research, more than any organization outside the federal government.

Sam Stein

Sequestration Has Nearly 20 Percent of Scientists Contemplating Moving Overseas

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 08.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- New data compiled by a coalition of top scientific and medical research groups show that a large majority of scientists are receiving le...

Why Animal Experimentation Doesn't Work -- Reason 2: Animals Don't Get Human Diseases

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 10.27.2013 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Not only do animal models fail to help us better understand human diseases, they often lead us down the wrong path of investigation.

Sam Stein

NIH Director On Sequestration: Lives Are On The Line

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 08.23.2013 | Politics

BETHESDA, Md. -- In his first-floor office in the main building of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins, the director of the institu...

Sam Stein

Sequestration Levels A $4 Million Blow To Iconic Medical Research Institution

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With little evidence that Congress will be able to find a budget fix, officials at one of America's most iconic medical research centers...

Medical Research: Don't Let This Pillar of National Pride Crumble

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Claire Pomeroy

Americans believe medical research is important for reducing healthcare costs and feel the current spending on biomedical research is insufficient. The message is clear, yet America's voices are not being heard in the budget deficit reduction debate.

Sam Stein

The Coming Dark Age For Science In America

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 09.26.2013 | Politics

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- On the first floor of Jordan Hall at the University of Virginia School of Medicine is a 12-by-8 room that, at first glance, l...

Biggest obstacles to decent health care in the developing world are managerial

Anjali Sastry | Posted 09.25.2013 | Business
Anjali Sastry

Picture yourself going to the doctor. You arrive by car, park nearby, and when you enter a receptionist greets you and checks your information on a co...

3 New Ways Kirtan Kriya Helps Keep Your Brain Sharp

Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. | Posted 09.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.

For the past 12 years, the ARPF has organized, helped design, and fund innovative research on a simple 12-minute singing yoga meditation called Kirtan Kriya (KK). This work has specifically focused on reducing risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and the enhancement of total brain fitness.

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.

Sam Stein

'Like A Slowly Growing Cancer,' Sequestration Cripples University Research

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Research leaders at some of the top American universities have held an annual gathering in Washington the last four years to discuss sci...