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Top 10 Medical Research Trends to Watch in 2013

Margaret Anderson | Posted 03.13.2013 | Science
Margaret Anderson

Advocates need to keep making noise to make a compelling case for the critical importance of medical research. The health of our citizens and the economic and fiscal health of the nation are at stake.

Taking the Silencer Off Gun Research

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 01.10.2013 | Politics
Jonathan D. Moreno

Let us grant that America, with approximately five percent of the world's population, will likely always have half the world's guns. This isn't about taking away the right to bear arms but death and injury prevention.

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.

Mercury, Vaccines Hot Topics at Autism Hearing

David Kirby | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics
David Kirby

You probably didn't know it, but Congress recently held a major hearing on the government's response to autism, grilling two key federal officials on everything from prevalence studies to services for adults with the disorder.

Need Cures? Who Ya Gonna Call?

Margaret Anderson | Posted 01.14.2013 | Healthy Living
Margaret Anderson

While we need to celebrate the success stories in medical research that allow us to carry on our lives, we have more work to do. We must ensure that we continue to have a robust flow of scientific discoveries that we can then translate into better health.

Stress and the Cuddle Deficiency

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Joanne Goldblum

A dad who just rode three buses to put in a job application, only to be told the position is filled, might not be in a cuddly mood. A mother suffering with a toothache because she can't afford to go to the dentist is less likely to take a child in her lap and read aloud.

Simple Steps for Safe Sleep That Can Reduce SIDS and Help New Moms Lose Weight!

Harvey Karp | Posted 12.31.2012 | Parents
Harvey Karp

Better sleep -- through safe swaddling plus rumbly white noise -- is a common sense, low-cost approach that works.

Clinical Trials: With Informed Samaritans, a Key Way to Advance Science and Medicine, Benefit Others -- and Receive Leading-Edge Therapies

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 12.22.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Thousands of clinical trials take place every day in this country and around the world as part of modern science's best attempt to find answers to medicine's most pressing questions.

Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia: For Seniors, a Prevention Puzzle Tougher Than Any Sunday Crossword but Clues, Hope Abound

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 12.01.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

When it comes to preventing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, medical science is working on it big time. But so far, all we've got are generalities about averting or minimizing the condition.

Review Finds Cost Effectiveness of Complementary and Integrative Medicine in More Than Two Dozen High-Quality Studies

John Weeks | Posted 11.27.2012 | Healthy Living
John Weeks

Herman is right that it's time to shift the dialogue from roundhouse dismissal of potential cost-saving contributions from what she and the authors call "CIM" treatments and providers. The evidence is there for proactive exploration of potential cost savings.

Medical Mystery Leaves Frantic Mother Searching For A Cure, As Daughter Loses Mobility, Functions

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 09.19.2012 | Healthy Living

Brianna Skriver was a happy, healthy 5-year-old when her mother, Tammy, first noticed a problem with her daughter's walk. Today, five years later, Bri...

The 'Science' of Yoga Marches On: Are Yogis Even Listening?

Stewart J. Lawrence | Posted 11.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Stewart J. Lawrence

So far, the work of NCCAM hasn't attracted much media attention. But expect all that to change as more and more studies come online, and the research begins to challenge -- as well as support -- other long-standing yoga health claims.

Mars Curiosity Landing, NIH Superbug, Wildfires Out West: A Look at the Biggest Federal Leadership Moments This Summer

Tom Fox | Posted 11.10.2012 | Politics
Tom Fox

While landing on Mars is not a routine event, there have been many other exemplary federal moments this summer, with agencies and civil servants performing at a high level.

What If

Christine Eads | Posted 10.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Christine Eads

What if, at your fingertips, you had all the information that could tell you all you needed to know about every disease and/or illness you may contract for the rest of your life?

Did Federal Student Grants Fund Holmes' Movie Theater Massacre?

The Huffington Post | Anna Susman | Posted 07.25.2012 | College

James Holmes may have used grant money from the National Institutes of Health to purchase the weapons he allegedly used to kill 12 people and injure 5...

Free the Rockville 15!

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 09.03.2012 | Green
Elizabeth Kucinich

We need to communicate with Dr Francis Collins, Director of the NIH, to ask him to intervene to have the Rockville 15 released to sanctuary, rather than warehoused in a laboratory at taxpayers' expense.

The Agony and the Exhaustion: The Price of Politics?

Don C. Reed | Posted 09.01.2012 | San Francisco
Don C. Reed

We had to win. If we failed this year, we must come back next year and every year until they got so sick of seeing us, they would say yes just to get rid of us.

Generating Antibiotic Incentives Now: GAIN -- Or Just Greed

Robert Weissman | Posted 08.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Robert Weissman

The World Health Organization's Director-General recently warned of the growing challenge of antibiotic resistance in the starkest terms. Responding to this challenge, existing antibiotics must be conserved and novel antibiotics developed.

Dollars and Sense, Baby and Bathwater: The Case for CAM Research

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If we are prepared to acknowledge the widespread bullying to which both science and sense are subject at the hands of the almighty dollar, we might commit ourselves to the systematic effort of distinguishing the two.

SOPA's Killer Cousin You've Probably Never Heard About

Abdulrahman El-Sayed | Posted 03.27.2012 | Politics
Abdulrahman El-Sayed

Findings from NIH-funded research are used everyday to help doctors make treatment and diagnosis decisions -- not just in America but all over the world. That may end with the Research Works Act.

A Sort of Happy New Year for the New Science Budget

Jonathan D. Moreno | Posted 03.11.2012 | Science
Jonathan D. Moreno

Considering how bad it could have been, science didn't fare all that poorly in the budget bill that President Obama signed on December 23.

Cara Santa Maria

WATCH: Chimp Research: The Beginning Of The End? | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 01.09.2012 | Science

2012-01-09-fjkdjfjdkfkdjfefd.jpgOther than the West African nation of Gabon, we are the only country in the entire world that still experiments on chimps.

Top 10 Medical Research Trends to Watch in 2012

Margaret Anderson | Posted 03.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Margaret Anderson

We'll be watching for the launch of one or more of these efforts in 2012.

New and Promising Food Allergy Treatment 'Tricks' the Immune System

Susan Weissman | Posted 12.12.2011 | Healthy Living
Susan Weissman

Like any parent whose child has multiple and life-threatening food allergies, I scrutinize any pronouncements of treatments through the lens of my child's body.

Patients Need Discoveries Translated to New Therapies

Margaret Anderson | Posted 12.05.2011 | Healthy Living
Margaret Anderson

Despite our strong national commitment to medical research, the advances achieved in basic science are not being translated into new therapies, better prevention strategies and cures fast enough.