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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.

Chief Scientists: U.S. Can Remain Innovation Leader in Science's 'Endless Frontier'

Dr. Richard W. Spinrad | Posted 08.06.2015 | Science
Dr. Richard W. Spinrad

Seventy years ago, the Administration of President Harry S. Truman released a groundbreaking report on the heels of the World War II Victory in Europe that sparked a scientific revolution in America.

Autism: From Behavior to Biology

Richard E Frye | Posted 07.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Richard E Frye

Understanding the true causes of autism, and discovering truly effective treatments that address the underlying causes that produce it, must become a national priority.

Stop Blaming the Victims of Eating Disorders

Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh | Posted 07.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Laura Collins Lyster-Mensh

Eating disorders are not a choice. Eating disorders are a mental illness like Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, and they are treatable. I get a lot of flak for emphasizing the biological predisposition for eating disorders, for de-emphasizing the personal narrative, for banging on about "not your fault, not your parents' fault, not society's fault."

Researching Marijuana for Therapeutic Purposes: The Potential Promise of Cannabidiol (CBD)

Nora Volkow | Posted 07.23.2015 | Science
Nora Volkow

CBD appears to be a safe drug with no addictive effects, and the preliminary data suggest that it may have therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions. Addressing barriers that slow clinical research with CBD would accelerate progress.

My Fear of Shark Attacks

Phyllis Sudman | Posted 07.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Phyllis Sudman

You would never send your child into the ocean if you saw a shark. You would never send your child into a pool if you saw lightning. Let's treat our kids' hearts with the same sense of caution and urgency because the real threat to our kids may not be found in the water or sky. It is likely hiding in their chest.

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?

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...

Patients Are My Co-Pilot

Margaret Anderson | Posted 06.16.2015 | Science
Margaret Anderson

No longer just passengers, patients are now co-pilots helping to navigate the future of medical progress. But until recently, the pace of progress has been slow. In some diseases, we still utter the words "we haven't seen a new treatment in decades" with a straight face. Decades. Are we seriously accepting this?

Rare Disease, Rare Indifference, and the Case for Our Righteous Indignation

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There are times when the addition of insult to injury warrants more than our forbearance. Sometimes, it warrants righteous indignation, and a revolt. ...

Sam Stein

Lindsey Graham And Dick Durbin Join Forces For The Love Of Science Research

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two of the Senate’s more outspoken members, one on the Republican side of the aisle the other on the Democratic side, are teaming up t...

Children With Special Needs Deserve America's Support

Ray Flynn | Posted 05.07.2015 | Fifty
Ray Flynn

Children and adults with special needs deserve America's best effort. As I said recently on national radio, America can do much better than it's doing in the health care field.

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...

Congressional Myopia: Without Support for Research, There Will Be No Medical Breakthroughs

Claire Pomeroy | Posted 06.23.2015 | Science
Claire Pomeroy

Despite the economic (not to mention lifesaving) benefits of medical research, our Congressional leadership has not stepped up to ensure the future: "We wish we could, but we simply cannot make this a priority."

'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...

Is Our Indifference Making Us Sick?

Victor M. Feraru | Posted 06.17.2015 | 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 06.01.2015 | 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 05.30.2015 | 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...