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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.

Voice of Hope: The Joey Lowenstein Foundation

Jim Luce | Posted 06.25.2015 | New York
Jim Luce

Some of the greatest discoveries in human history have been the result of accidental or unexpected circumstances. While the mind usually recalls great...

Platform for Presidential Candidates: Disease Prevention and Healthy Living

Linda P. Fried | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Linda P. Fried

The next Administration will face a much greater challenge: Ensuring that Americans live longer lives in good health. If they don't, the cost to the nation will be astronomical, given heavy reliance on Medicare for older Americans and the sad fact that Americans younger than 50 are sicker than people in other wealthy nations.

People of Faith Must be Informed and Involved Citizens

Ray Flynn | Posted 06.16.2015 | Religion
Ray Flynn

I am often invited to speak to various religious groups and organizations throughout the United States and beyond. Sometimes it's to a large organization and other times it's to a small church group, in a temple or even at a youth parish sports dinner.

After Superstorm Sandy, a Community Cries Out for Its Hospital

Laurie Nadel | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Laurie Nadel

Building a new hospital in Long Beach -- as FEMA intended when it allocated $154 million for that purpose -- will lead the country as a venue for new modalities of care for survivors of catastrophes.

When Lying Can Be Good for Your Heart

Bobbie Brinegar | Posted 05.05.2015 | Women
Bobbie Brinegar

As we prepare to celebrate "Mothering Sunday," remembering those women who have nurtured us along our path, one way to honor them is to make sure they avoid -- or survive -- heart disease.

Sam Stein

An Award-Winning Cancer Researcher Says U.S. Science Has Never Been More Imperiled

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 04.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Around 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, 150 or so people gathered in an otherwise empty National Press Club in downtown D.C. Hours earlier, in...

'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.

'Fake Medicines' Pose Huge Risk To Public Health, Officials Warn

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 04.21.2015 | Healthy Living

A collection of journal articles published this week points to poor quality medicine as a "real and present" threat to the fight against ongoing healt...

Rand Paul Makes Misleading Statements

FactCheck.org | Dave Levitan | Posted 02.19.2015 | Politics

The following post first appeared on FactCheck.org. Sen. Rand Paul made several misleading statements about the National Institutes of Health a...

Hillary Rodham Clinton Will Be a President Who Believes in Science

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

With the outbreak of measles in the United States, we once again see a divide on how basic science and research are viewed by the leading members of the Republican and Democratic Parties.

Science: Less Flash, More Substance

Benjamin Corb | Posted 04.04.2015 | Science
Benjamin Corb

Unwise austerity policies, including the spending caps established in the Budget Control Act of 2011 and mandatory cuts from sequestration, have damaged significantly the scientific community, threatened American leadership in innovation and possibly delayed the development of treatments that patients' lives depend on.

How Best to Hold Federal Scientific Research Accountable

Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. | Posted 04.01.2015 | College
Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr.

The surest route to success in scientific research is to foster a robust environment of scientific investigation and engage the finest minds in that pursuit.

Changing the Landscape for Prevention and Health Promotion

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Derek Yach

It is essential to generate and communicate evidence in a way that enables decision-makers to understand the value of investing in prevention while taking into account their priorities, interests and constituencies.

Prevention Science Should Be a Higher Federal Funding Priority

Linda P. Fried | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Linda P. Fried

One of the great ironies of American health care is that we have the highest per capita spending among industrialized countries, yet we rank near the bottom in preventable health outcomes.

Members Of Congress Request Review Of Animal Research At NIH Lab

Reuters | Posted 02.24.2015 | Green

By Bridgett Novak (Reuters Health) - Animal research practices at a National Institutes of Health (NIH) facility in Poolesville, Maryl...

Public Health Lessons from Ebola in 2014

Linda P. Fried | Posted 02.22.2015 | World
Linda P. Fried

As we steel ourselves to keep combatting this crisis, it's important to highlight the public health lessons learned over 2014. Such crucial lessons will be critical for nations, health systems, and donors to embrace as Ebola evolves and other challenges emerge in 2015.

Investing in America's Dazzling Scientific Talent

Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. | Posted 02.17.2015 | Science
Dr. Samuel L. Stanley, Jr.

Our nation needs to increase its commitment to the intellectual pursuit of scientific discovery - and to the "dazzling" talent in our midst. That's a proven strategy to produce the jobs that Americans want and deserve -- not directly but indirectly.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Post September 2014

Jonathan Agin | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

Since the time in April 2008 when my wife and I heard those horrible words "your child has cancer" the amount of awareness and insistence upon innovation and investment for children with cancer has increased dramatically.

Global Epidemics Need Global Leadership

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 12.29.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

It can only be hoped that as we work to contain the Ebola epidemic at its source in West Africa -- which is the only way it will be contained -- the world will learn that we must spend the political and financial capital needed to prepare for future epidemics that will surely come.

Death by a Thousand Cuts

William T. Talman, MD | Posted 12.24.2014 | Science
William T. Talman, MD

With the fall in federal grant support through NIH, fewer and fewer scientists are getting the funding they need to continue research. As a result, too many are closing their laboratory doors forever. If you think that a laboratory's closing does not affect you, think again.