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Feds To Retire Most Research Chimps

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 08.26.2013 | Science

WASHINGTON -- It's official: The National Institutes of Health plans to end most use of chimpanzees in government medical research, saying humans' clo...

Sam Stein

Harry Reid vs. Sequestration

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Over the past few weeks, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has privately and publicly pushed his fellow lawmakers to replace cu...

NIH Takes Important Steps for LGBT Health

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 08.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

A year ago I wrote a HuffPost blog post decrying the apparent stall in LGBT research integration at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Now I'm happy to say NIH is moving forward with good speed on this topic.

Could My Eggs Be the Link to Curing Diseases?

Alice Crisci | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Alice Crisci

It's my body and my choice if I want to donate a dozen of my eggs to science. Who knows -- maybe it's my egg that will be used to find a cure for cancer. Now wouldn't that be an incredible way to make a difference in the world.

This Father's Day, Let's Change The World

Kate Harmon | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Kate Harmon

It would have been easy for my family to decide seven years ago when my dad was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease that we were going to sit back and let it be. But as someone who still sees her father as invincible, why would I?

Sorting the Wheat from the Chaff: How Do We Know Which Cancer Therapies Really Work?

American Statistical Association | Posted 08.12.2013 | Science
American Statistical Association

How do we know which newly touted treatments really work (i.e., are safe and effective) and which do not? The best way, and one that has led to steady progress in the treatment of many types of cancer in recent decades, is through the randomized controlled clinical trial.

Waiting for a Breakthrough -- One Person's ALS Story

Randy Pipkin | Posted 08.12.2013 | Impact
Randy Pipkin

I was enjoying a great life in Manhattan as a marketing executive until one sentence forever changed my life: "You have Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis....

Animals in the Federal Budget

Cathy Kangas | Posted 06.16.2013 | Green
Cathy Kangas

The American people are behind these campaigns. More than 62 percent of all Americans have pets. We love our animals. Our taxes should go to protecting them.

Medical Marijuana Is Far From Medicine

Ron Nehring | Posted 06.15.2013 | Politics
Ron Nehring

Smoked cannabis, it turns out, is not medicine. We don't need to derive whatever therapeutic benefit it might have by smoking it any more than we need to smoke opium to get the effect of morphine.

Eric Cantor Unveils Plan To Redirect Public Campaign Funds To Pediatric Research

The Huffington Post | Chelsea Kiene | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has announced plans to introduce a bill that would redirect federal funds to pediatric research at the Natio...

How Early Math Skills Add Up (And Hold Back Americans)

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 05.25.2013 | Parents

WASHINGTON -- We know a lot about how babies learn to talk, and youngsters learn to read. Now scientists are unraveling the earliest building blocks o...

Scientists Outraged That Elected Reps Control Their Handouts

Bill Frezza | Posted 05.22.2013 | Politics
Bill Frezza

Real progress comes from young renegades thinking outside the box willing to take risks to challenge the status quo. It is this kind of science that gets lost in the shuffle every time the giant pork machine dispenses its largesse to the usual suspects.

How the Sequester Is Killing Passion Where We Need It Most

Mercy Mascreen Davidson | Posted 05.15.2013 | Politics
Mercy Mascreen Davidson

The sequestration will devastate US science research for decades by freezing American ideas while the rest of the world moves forward and gaps in the innovation pipeline would cost billions of dollars and hurt the national economy for decades.

Jeffrey Young

Fewer Medical Breakthroughs, More Brain Drain To Wall Street Thanks To Sequester

HuffingtonPost.com | Jeffrey Young | Posted 03.04.2013 | Business

Layoffs, hiring freezes and cutbacks are already starting at major medical research institutions as they face the impending across-the-board cuts to t...

The Empty Chair of Harold Varmus, M.D.

Jonathan Agin | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

It could not be more important that the federal government, through the direction of NCI, does more to fight childhood cancer.

Dire Health Consequences May Follow if We Don't Blunt Proposed Slashes in NIH, Research Funding

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 03.27.2013 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Will Congress bleed $2.5 billion from the NIH's funding? We cannot afford to lose more from a young generation of such researchers. If we do so, the consequences could be dire for our nation, its health and its medical-scientific progress

5 Ways To Find Find Love After Divorce

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 01.25.2013 | Fifty

With the divorce rate in the United States hovering between 30 percent and 50 percent, it's not surprising that there are an awful lot of midlifers qu...

How A Strand Of DNA Could Reveal Your Identity

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 01.23.2013 | Technology

Hundreds of people in the U.S. have put their DNA data online, and for medical ethicists everywhere, it's suddenly a problem. That's because in Friday...

Lab Chimps Should Be Retired, Committee Says

AP | JANET McCONNAUGHEY | Posted 03.25.2013 | Science

NEW ORLEANS — Chimpanzees who have spent their lives in U.S. research labs being prodded, poked and tested may be headed for retirement in a lea...

A Big Hole Where a Cliff Used to Be

William T. Talman, MD | Posted 01.22.2013 | Science
William T. Talman, MD

Federal funding for research is neither a gift nor a handout to scientists. Instead, it is an investment that pays dividends many times over to the American taxpayer. Will our elected leaders cut the very programs that provide greatest benefit both now and into the future?

A New Year's Resolution -- 'Work Harder, Do More'

Jay Scott | Posted 03.24.2013 | Impact
Jay Scott

2012 was a transformative year in my life for several reasons, both personal and professional, and one that I feel had the potential to change the trajectory of where research against childhood cancer is headed.

Open Letter to President Obama

Jonathan Agin | Posted 03.24.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

I wanted to take this opportunity to bring to light an issue that I think deserves much more awareness and attention on the federal level. Childhood cancer. Childhood cancer is the number one disease killer of our children in this country. Were you aware of this fact?

Are We Not Recalcitrant Enough?

Jonathan Agin | Posted 03.16.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Agin

For those of us who fight for greater federal funding, it is simply not acceptable to allow childhood cancer to be so poorly treated and under-recognized.

Fiscal Cliff Diving: Here's to the Pool!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.05.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Hanging on to a bit more of our money might sound good until the day of reckoning, whenever and however it arrives, when our flight is ending and our landing becomes salient. At that point, we are apt to find ourselves wishing for... a pool.

Professor Heading To Prison For $3 Million Research Grant Scam

AP | Posted 12.03.2012 | College

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A former Penn State University professor has been sentenced to nearly 3 1/2 years in federal prison for more than $3 million in res...