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Accessible Internet, Communication, and Technology (ICT) - Bottom-line, Accessibility Benefits Everyone

Debra Ruh | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
Debra Ruh

Universal accessibility in the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) sector holds unparalleled promise and opportunity for people with disab...

The Hunt for Cures for Orphan Diseases

Robin L. Smith | Posted 04.19.2016 | Science
Robin L. Smith

Each year in the United States four million babies are born. Each birth is a time of great rapture and joy because of the tremendous amount of love an...

5 Myths About Life Science Innovation in the United States

Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D. | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

Policymakers should reject the false choice between public-sector leadership and private-sector leadership. America leads the world because its system maximizes the strengths of both.

Advocacy Drives Medical Progress Forward

Mary Woolley | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
Mary Woolley

We should and must continue to invest sufficiently in research to keep pace with scientific opportunity. Congress must increase funding for the NIH by at least 10 percent ($3.2 billion) in FY17 to help patients like Lorri who are determined to find solutions to what ails us.

The Best of America: Part I

Deborah Derrick | Posted 03.29.2016 | Impact
Deborah Derrick

In a matter of weeks, I'll be stepping away from nearly eight years of working to promote global health. I hardly knew how absorbed I'd get in this ...

NIH Statement on World Tuberculosis Day

Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Anthony S. Fauci, M.D.

On World Tuberculosis (TB) Day 2016, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), reaffirms its commitment to researching ways to better understand, prevent, diagnose and treat TB.

Intervening Early to Prevent Substance Use Disorders

Nora Volkow | Posted 03.10.2016 | Healthy Living
Nora Volkow

The brain is an organ that adapts in both short- and long-term ways to its environment, and prevention science over the past few decades has shown cle...

Medical Research: The Best Investment We Can Make in Our Future

Darrell G. Kirch, M.D. | Posted 02.19.2016 | Science
Darrell G. Kirch, M.D.

Congress and the Obama administration have demonstrated their willingness to increase funding in a way that makes a real difference. They can continue the current momentum by providing relief from sequestration and increasing the spending caps so that Congress can allot more funding to NIH.

Cancer 'Moonshot' Has Paltry Dollars, Losers

Llewellyn King | Posted 02.08.2016 | Politics
Llewellyn King

Whenever the government wants to be seen to be doing something huge, it invokes the Manhattan Project or the moon landing. So the new cancer initiativ...

Nurse Brought The Magic Of Snow To Kids In Hospital Who Can't Go Outside

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 02.01.2016 | Good News

This nurse brought a flurry of excitement to kids in the hospital. Alex Classen, a clinical research nurse at the National Institutes of Health Clini...

Academic Research Funding Has Some Serious Flaws

Marion Leary | Posted 01.29.2016 | Science
Marion Leary

I perform cardiac arrest research and so I understand the heart fairly well. What I don't understand well, from a common sense stand point, is the granting process. There are many issues with the grant submission and funding award process that give me pause.

Sport and Society for Arete -- Concussions and the NFL

Richard Crepeau | Posted 12.28.2015 | Sports
Richard Crepeau

ESPN reported this week that the NFL had pulled funding for concussion research because one of the principal researchers was Dr. Robert Stern of Boston University who has been critical of the NFL.

Where Do the Candidates Stand on Research to Improve Health?

Mary Woolley | Posted 12.17.2015 | Politics
Mary Woolley

Candidates running for national office never miss an opportunity to share their solutions on the many problems facing our country with voters. From te...

Political Commitment of Our Next President Needed to Help our Children

Ray Flynn | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Ray Flynn

Recently, I attended a hugely successful Legends Gala dinner in Wrentham, Massachusetts-sponsored by the Hockomock Area YMCA and supported by the New ...

Life, Such as It Is, of a Primate in a Research Lab

Ken White | Posted 12.02.2015 | San Francisco
Ken White

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently announced its plan to end all federal research performed on chimpanzees, effectively retiring these a...

NIH Retires The Last Of Its Research Chimps

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.19.2015 | Science

Two years after retiring most of its research chimpanzees, the National Institutes of Health has announced that it’s closing the doors on its entire...

JFK Library a Place of Hope Sunday Night

Ray Flynn | Posted 11.11.2015 | Good News
Ray Flynn

When we were first told that my own grandson, Braeden, was born with a rare undiagnosed neurological disease, which would affect his walking, speech and balance, we were devastated but determined.

Independent Research Institutes Play Vital Role in Innovation Ecosystem

Philip Stashenko, DMD, Ph.D. | Posted 11.10.2015 | Science
Philip Stashenko, DMD, Ph.D.

How good is the research conducted at the IRIs? A key metric is competition for NIH grants, which has gone from intense to extreme over the past decade. Grants are evaluated on five criteria: potential impact on human health, scientific approach, innovation, investigator expertise, and institutional environment.

Blood Pressure Patients: You Need To Know The Latest

Nancy Brown | Posted 09.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

If you or a loved one is 50 or older and has high blood pressure plus another risk factor for heart disease, you might want to schedule an appointment...

Impacted by Suicide, Our Foundation Opens Fund to Help

Jim Luce | Posted 09.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Jim Luce

Death. We don't like to discuss it in America. Suicide, even less. Fifteen years ago, when my mother Frances Alleman-Luce, a psychologist, starved her...

A 7-Step 'Seamlys' Approach to Healing My Auto-Immune Disease

Karri Jinkins | Posted 07.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Karri Jinkins

At 37, after suffering two unexplained ectopic pregnancies, weight gain and extreme exhaustion I discovered I have Hashimoto's disease, an inflammator...

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?

Still Gun Shy After Firearms Research Ban Lifted: What Cars Can Teach Us About Guns

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 07.14.2015 | Politics
Paul Spector, M.D.

The reduction in deaths due to motor vehicle accidents provides an instructive example of how a major public health problem related to a technological advance can be managed.

Speeding Ineffective and Unsafe Treatments to Market in the Name of Patients? Not So Fast

Karuna Jaggar | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Karuna Jaggar

It is not a bottleneck at the FDA that is to blame. Medical research is simply not producing the breakthroughs needed for breast cancer. And we should not let a reduction of safety and efficacy standards replace our demand for safer and more effective treatments.

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.