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Here's Why We Don't Have A Vaccine For Zika Virus

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 01.29.2016 | Healthy Living

As the research community gears up to address Zika virus, one common question has been why, if we’ve known about Zika since 1947, are we o...

Socialism, American Style

Steve Skrovan | Posted 01.28.2016 | Politics
Steve Skrovan

The next time an American voter asks Bernie Sanders what he means by "socialism," this is what I would whisper in his ear...

Top 10 Medical Research Issues and Trends to Watch in 2016

Margaret Anderson | Posted 01.07.2016 | Science
Margaret Anderson

Advances in scientific discovery are converging with unparalleled policy and regulatory action for medical research. At FasterCures, we have surveyed the landscape and interviewed subject matter experts to come up with our recommendations of the top 10 issues to keep an eye on in 2016.

White House Releases Plan To Fight Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis

The Huffington Post | LaurenWeber | Posted 12.22.2015 | Politics

The Obama administration unveiled a long-awaited plan to combat the growing threat of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis, a deadly strain of the number...

Encouraging News from Monitoring the Future

Nora Volkow | Posted 12.16.2015 | Science
Nora Volkow

Revealing the results of the annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of drug use and attitudes among American middle- and high-school students is an...

Congress Poised To Keep Banning Gun Violence Research

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 12.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the wake of a school shooting in Oregon this fall, it briefly appeared that Congress was willing to reconsider its two-decade ban on...

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 ...

What to Do About Disloyal Corporations

Robert Reich | Posted 12.06.2015 | Politics
Robert Reich

In 2013, Pfizer raked in nearly $4 billion on sales of the Prevnar 13 vaccine, which prevents diseases caused by pneumococcal bacteria, from ear infections to pneumonia -- for which Pfizer is the only manufacturer. Other countries wouldn't allow their patent systems to justify such huge charges. Neither should we -- especially when Pfizer stops being an American company.

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...

On World AIDS Day, A Reminder Activists Changed Research Forever

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 12.01.2015 | Healthy Living

When Dr. Anthony Fauci first became director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases in 1984, hundreds of people in the U.S. h...

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 e...

Sexism In The Doctor's Office Starts Here

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living

When the Food and Drug Administration approved Addyi, a prescription drug for women with low libido, this summer, it did so with a major caveat: Abso...

Hormone Replacement's "AHAH" Moment

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.24.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

It has long been clear that effects of hormone replacement are best when treatment begins early rather than late after menopause. The data showed such distinctions, but they too were obscured by a rush to summary judgment.

Animal Studies Offer Cancer Research Clues

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Deborah J. Cornwall

Discoveries of how genes and enzymes behave in animal models may decipher the biological mechanisms that cause, prevent, or suppress cancers in humans. Researchers seek to discover mechanisms in animal that may help control human cancer's growth, spread, and potential to kill.

Late Onset Tay Sachs Clinical Trial

Alexis Buryk | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Alexis Buryk

I'm incredibly impressed with the work being done by the NIH. And also feel I have to do more. I fully intend to contact Genzyme and find out more about the drug. I don't know how proprietary it is or if it is being distributed in any other country. I need to know more to help my children.

Grant Awards Mark the Launch of Landmark Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study

Nora Volkow | Posted 09.25.2015 | Science
Nora Volkow

Today the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study officially gets underway, as the National Institutes of Health award 13 five-year grants to U.S. research institutions that will spearhead the landmark project over the first half of its roughly 10-year duration.

Rational Drug Pricing

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Jeffrey Sachs

Corporate lobbyists and their friends in the media spout free-market platitudes about why sky-high prices are necessary to promote innovation. It's time for a serious understanding of the policy issues.

Autism Without Fear: Hold It--Donald Trump's a Moron on Vaccines? No. WASHINGTON'S a Moron on Vaccines!

Michael John Carley | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Michael John Carley

The comments of Obama, McCain, Hilary, Trump...etc. are mere reflections of the DC-area's widespread ignorance on this subject.

Childhood Cancer? Empathy Is Far From Enough

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 09.21.2015 | Impact
Deborah J. Cornwall

Each September is "Childhood Cancer Awareness" month. This acknowledgement of a problem means more than beautiful photos of smiling bald children. It highlights the urgency of generating action to eliminate cancer as the leading cause of death by disease for American children.

The Scientist Who Taught Cookie Monster Self-Control Has A Warning For Congress

The Huffington Post | Sam Stein | Posted 09.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Among the characters on Sesame Street, Cookie Monster is perhaps the most simplistic. That furry guy loves freshly baked chocolate chip ...

Sugar, School and Your Child's Immunity

Irene Ross | Posted 09.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Irene Ross

School's back in session and your child has gone from two months of fresh air, regular exercise, relaxation and recreation to an indoor classroom packed with new kids to meet, coughs, sneezes, intense concentration, tests, and homework.

Addiction Science Can Help Us Understand the Bee Crisis

Nora Volkow | Posted 09.02.2015 | Science
Nora Volkow

Recent research now suggests that bees may be preferentially drawn to pesticide-laced foods as a result of reward mechanisms. It is a fascinating lesson in how knowledge gleaned from addiction science can inform our understanding of a global ecological crisis.

3 Cancer Research Accelerators Worth Watching

Deborah J. Cornwall | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Deborah J. Cornwall

In 2000, Douglas Hanahan and Robert A. Weinberg articulated the concept of cancer hallmarks as a foundation for understanding cancer's biology across traditional cancer types. Three initiatives built on that foundation now promise to accelerate development of more powerful life-saving therapies.

Alzheimer's and the Media... Follow the Money

Allan S. Vann | Posted 08.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Allan S. Vann

The media should "follow the money" and shine light on why Alzheimer's research, along with assistance to those who already have Alzheimer's and their caregivers, is not receiving significantly more federal funding.

President Obama: Amputees Need Your Help to Get Appropriate Health Care

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 08.10.2015 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Mr. President, on behalf of those in the nation who need this type of prosthetic care to live full and productive lives and support themselves and their families, I ask you to look at these issues which are creating barriers to care, delaying, and in some cases, denying prosthetic care to Americans with limb loss.