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Is Our Indifference Making Us Sick?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 04.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Victor M. Feraru

Currently the NIH is exploring new approaches to getting more people tested, diagnosed early and put on treatment and into ongoing care. Many believe that getting early treatment is conducive to stopping HIV's spread.

LGBTQ Health Disparities Have Been Eliminated

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

I've worked in the field of LGBTQ health my whole adult life. Frankly, considering the depth of our disparities, I felt that I would have job security forever.

Sam Stein

Dick Durbin Says He Won't Vote For Government Funding Bill Without Sequester Fix

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The No. 2 Democrat in the Senate says he won't support a government funding bill this fall if it does not include relief from spending c...

The End of Ebola? Lessons at the Epidemic's One Year Anniversary

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 03.30.2015 | World
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

Going forward, we need to be better prepared for further outbreaks of this and other infectious agents. Maybe someday in the future, Ebola will be sealed and contained in a building. But in the modern age, even such containment is only temporary.

Matt Ferner

Feds To Spend Millions On Marijuana For Research

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Ferner | Posted 03.26.2015 | Politics

The federal government announced Monday that it is prepared to spend tens of millions of dollars on marijuana research through the University of Missi...

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...

From Postal Worker to Nonprofit President

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 04.13.2015 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

At that moment, Annette discovered her true calling. She went from being a postal worker to becoming the leader of a charitable organization that has raised $35,000 for pediatric cancer patients in less than two years.

Obama's Not-So-Daring Precision Medicine Plan

Techonomy | Posted 04.07.2015 | Science
Techonomy

The precision medicine vision is a beautiful one. For all the health benefits it promises to each and every one of us, implementing it should be a billion-dollar idea. Sadly, this new initiative feels like a dream that was shrunk to an unduly diminutive size. Maybe that was just to make it more likely to get through Congress without much debate.

Modern Medicine, Mired at the Line of Scrimmage

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

What if football were more like modern medicine? Perhaps the only way to advance down the field would be to renounce all progress to date and start again each time at the 20-yard line. You never get to build on your prior gains. That seems a dubious game to me.

Top 10 Medical Research Issues and Trends to Watch in 2015

Margaret Anderson | Posted 03.17.2015 | Science
Margaret Anderson

Academic research institutions are undeniably under duress. While some of it may be due to overbuilding research infrastructure during the years of doubling the National Institutes of Health budget, they are now dealing with a new normal of having to do more with less.

How to Get Researchers to Notice an Ultra-Rare Disease

Idelle Davidson | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Idelle Davidson

It doesn't help that Erdheim-Chester is notoriously difficult to diagnose and therefore, say researchers, most likely under- or mis-diagnosed. Only when there's a mass or lesion to study will pathologists look for identifying markers on cells -- if they even suspect ECD.

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...

Academic Journals: The Most Profitable Obsolete Technology in History

Jason Schmitt | Posted 02.21.2015 | Education
Jason Schmitt

The music business was killed by Napster; movie theaters were derailed by digital streaming; traditional magazines are in crisis mode--yet in this digital information wild west: academic journals and the publishers who own them are posting higher profits than nearly any sector of commerce.

A Worthy New Year's Resolution for the New Congress

Mary Woolley | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Mary Woolley

With few significant legislative achievements for science and innovation in the 113th Congress, we look to the new Congress to fuel the momentum needed for medical progress, summoning the political will necessary to speed scientific discovery and drug development.

Chicago Health Disparities Persist But Can Be Stopped

Bechara Choucair, M.D. | Posted 01.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Bechara Choucair, M.D.

We need more communities where making the "healthy choice" is the easy choice. Chicago is leading the nation in creating healthy communities, but we still have a long way to go.

Mom, 19 Years Later

Bill Couzens | Posted 01.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

We have a duty to our country and future generations to work towards turning around the grim statistics of sharply increasing incidences of cancer. We need increased resources for information, education and policies to help protect individuals, families and communities from cancer.

What You Are Not Hearing About Ebola

Vivian Norris | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Vivian Norris

At least 30 experts were unable to attend the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Conference in New Orleans these past few days, as the ...

E-BOO!-la

John K. Herr | Posted 12.30.2014 | Comedy
John K. Herr

Hello, my name is Dr. Francis Collins, and I am the director of the National Institutes of Health. Thank you for joining us for this live-blogging session. I am here to answer all your questions about Ebola or any other health issue. Let's get started.

Change Happens

Margaret Anderson | Posted 12.29.2014 | Science
Margaret Anderson

You don't have to look far in medical and scientific research today to feel the shifting sands and see signs of change. At times it seems we are simultaneously tilling the soil with a set of old yet tried and true tools while making new ones. Each year, as my organization prepares to bring together leaders in medical research, we confront all of this change head on.

The GOP Simultaneously Cries 'Wolf' and 'The Sky Is Falling'

Dave Pruett | Posted 12.25.2014 | Politics
Dave Pruett

Despicable. That's the only word for it. I refer to the recent official email "Responding to the Ebola Crisis" of October 17 from my congressional representative, Bob Goodlatte, of Virginia's 6th District.

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.

A Silent Struggle

Migraine Research Foundation | Posted 12.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Migraine Research Foundation

In my mind, I went from being a "normal," healthy person who was typically busy from early in the morning to late at night -- to someone who had to reconcile that I was living with a chronic, neurological illness that put the brakes on all that activity I had taken for granted.

Sam Stein

Ebolotics: DSCC Attacks Cory Gardner For Supporting CDC Budget Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Just two weeks before the midterm elections, there are no signs of a de-escalation in the ongoing political tangle over the Ebola outbre...

Friday Talking Points -- Don't Panic

Chris Weigant | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

That headline, of course, quotes the cover to the fictional Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy: "Don't Panic." This week, it seems like timely advice, as the news media and American politicians go into full-blown panic mode over one death and two illnesses within the United States.

Ebola: A Preventable Catastrophe

Rep. Rosa DeLauro | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Rep. Rosa DeLauro

After years of funding cuts and neglect, the critical components of our public health infrastructure responsible for tracking, monitoring, and ultimately preventing or curing Ebola -- the National Institutes of Health and the Center for Disease Control -- have been forced to respond to this potential crisis with severely constrained resources.