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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...

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.